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On the effect of connectivity on solute transport in spatially heterogeneous combined unsaturated-saturated flow systems
Year:
2015
Source of publication :
Water Resources Research
Authors :
Russo, David
;
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Volume :
51
Co-Authors:
Russo, D., Department of Environmental Physics and Irrigation, Institute of Soils, Water, and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan, Israel
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From page:
3525
To page:
3542
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Total pages:
18
)
Abstract:
Detailed numerical analyses of flow and transport were used to investigate the effect of spatially connected features on transport in three-dimensional (3-D), spatially heterogeneous, combined vadose zone-groundwater flow systems. Formations with spatially connected fine-textured and coarse-textured features (F-formation and C-formation, respectively), representing the10th and the 90th percentiles of the distributions of the formation's hydraulic parameters, respectively, were considered here. Results of the analyses suggest that in steady state flow, when the unsaturated zone of the combined flow domains is relatively wet, as compared with a Multivariate-Gaussian (MG) formation, spatially connected features may reduce the solute first arrival time, particularly in the C-formation, and may enhance the spreading of the solute breakthrough, particularly in the F-formation. The effect of the spatially connected features on the hydrological response, however, decreases as the unsaturated zone becomes drier. The latter result stems from the decrease in the fraction of the water-filled, pore-space occupied by the connected structures, with decreasing water content. The latter finding also explains the result that the response of more realistic, combined flow systems, whose unsaturated zone is associated with relatively low, intermittent water contents, is essentially independent of the spatially connected features of the formations, regardless of their soil texture. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
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DOI :
10.1002/2014WR016434
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Scopus
Publication Type:
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Language:
English
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Russo, D., Department of Environmental Physics and Irrigation, Institute of Soils, Water, and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan, Israel
On the effect of connectivity on solute transport in spatially heterogeneous combined unsaturated-saturated flow systems
Detailed numerical analyses of flow and transport were used to investigate the effect of spatially connected features on transport in three-dimensional (3-D), spatially heterogeneous, combined vadose zone-groundwater flow systems. Formations with spatially connected fine-textured and coarse-textured features (F-formation and C-formation, respectively), representing the10th and the 90th percentiles of the distributions of the formation's hydraulic parameters, respectively, were considered here. Results of the analyses suggest that in steady state flow, when the unsaturated zone of the combined flow domains is relatively wet, as compared with a Multivariate-Gaussian (MG) formation, spatially connected features may reduce the solute first arrival time, particularly in the C-formation, and may enhance the spreading of the solute breakthrough, particularly in the F-formation. The effect of the spatially connected features on the hydrological response, however, decreases as the unsaturated zone becomes drier. The latter result stems from the decrease in the fraction of the water-filled, pore-space occupied by the connected structures, with decreasing water content. The latter finding also explains the result that the response of more realistic, combined flow systems, whose unsaturated zone is associated with relatively low, intermittent water contents, is essentially independent of the spatially connected features of the formations, regardless of their soil texture. © 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
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