Université de Neuchâtel

A numerical analysis of dimensionality and heterogeneity effects on advective dispersive seawater intrusion processes

Kerrou, Jaouher ; Renard, Philippe

In: Hydrogeology Journal, 2010, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 55-72

Two-dimensional (2D) and 3D numerical simulations of the dispersive Henry problem show that heterogeneity affects seawater intrusion differently in 2D and 3D. When the variance of a multi-Gaussian isotropic hydraulic conductivity field increases, the penetration of the saltwater wedge decreases in 2D while it increases in 3D. This is due to the combined influence of advective and dispersive...