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Stochastic Methods for Flow in Porous Media

Stochastic Methods for Flow in Porous Media

Dongxiao Zhang


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Stochastic Methods for Flow in Porous Media: Coping with Uncertainties explores fluid flow in complex geologic environments. The parameterization of uncertainty into flow models is important for managing water resources, preserving subsurface water quality, storing energy and wastes, and improving the safety and economics of extracting subsurface mineral and energy resources.

This volume systematically introduces a number of stochastic methods used by researchers in the community in a tutorial way and presents methodologies for spatially and temporally stationary as well as nonstationary flows. The author compiles a number of well-known results and useful formulae and includes exercises at the end of each chapter.

  • Balanced viewpoint of several stochastic methods, including Greens' function, perturbative expansion, spectral, Feynman diagram, adjoint state, Monte Carlo simulation, and renormalization group methods
  • Tutorial style of presentation will facilitate use by readers without a prior in-depth knowledge of Stochastic processes
  • Practical examples throughout the text
  • Exercises at the end of each chapter reinforce specific concepts and techniques
  • For the reader who is interested in hands-on experience, a number of computer codes are included and discussed

"...presents a comprehensive treatment of stochastic methods for water flow in saturated aquifers and unsaturated soils in a very tutorial and accessible way."
-You-Kuan Zhang, University of Iowa, in VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL, 2006, VOL. 5, NO. 3
"Students, teachers, researchers and practitioners concerned with hydrogeologic uncertainty analysis will find much in this book that is instructive, useful and timely."
—Prof. Shlomo P. Neuman
"...I highly recommend it as a graduate level text."
"...a comprehensive and lucid scientific monograph devoted to uncertainty analysis for a wide range of groundwater flow problems."
"...includes problems at the end of each chapter, making it useful for students and teachers in the field, as well as researchers and practitioners."