Uncertainty in geological and hydrogeological data

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Uncertainty in conceptual model structure and in environmental data is of essential interest when dealing with uncertainty in water resources management. To make quantification of uncertainty possible is it necessary to identify and characterise the uncertainty in geological and hydrogeological data. This paper discusses a range of available techniques to describe the uncertainty related to geological model structure and scale of support. Literature examples on uncertainty in hydrogeological variables such as saturated hydraulic conductivity, specific yield, specific storage, effective porosity and dispersivity are given. Field data usually have a spatial and temporal scale of support that is different from the one on which numerical models for water resources management operate. Uncertainty in hydrogeological data variables is characterised and assessed within the methodological framework of the HarmoniRiB classification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1551-1561
Number of pages11
JournalHydrology and Earth System Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2007

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 2: Water Resources


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