Large-Scale CTRW Analysis of Push-Pull Tracer Tests and Other Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media

S. K. Hansen, B. Berkowitz

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Recently, we developed an alternative CTRW formulation which uses a "latching" upscaling scheme to rigorously map continuous or fine-scale stochastic solute motion onto discrete transitions on an arbitrarily coarse lattice (with spacing potentially on the meter scale or more). This approach enables model simplification, among many other things. Under advection, for example, we see that many relevant anomalous transport problems may be mapped into 1D, with latching to a sequence of successive, uniformly spaced planes. On this formulation (which we term RP-CTRW), the spatial transition vector may generally be made deterministic, with CTRW waiting time distributions encapsulating all the stochastic behavior. We demonstrate the excellent performance of this technique alongside Pareto-distributed waiting times in explaining experiments across a variety of scales using only two degrees of freedom. An interesting new application of the RP-CTRW technique is the analysis of radial (push-pull) tracer tests. Given modern computational power, random walk simulations are a natural fit for the inverse problem of inferring subsurface parameters from push-pull test data, and we propose them as an alternative to the classical type curve approach. In particular, we explore the visibility of heterogeneity through non-Fickian behavior in push-pull tests, and illustrate the ability of a radial RP-CTRW technique to encapsulate this behavior using a sparse parameterization which has predictive value.
Original languageEnglish GB
JournalGeophysical Research Abstracts
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • 1805 Computational hydrology
  • 1829 Groundwater hydrology
  • 1832 Groundwater transport
  • 1847 Modeling


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