Created by:  Rice University

  • Pedro Alvarez

    Taught by:  Pedro Alvarez, George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Charles Newell

    Taught by:  Charles Newell, Vice President

    GSI Environmental Inc.

  • David Adamson

    Taught by:  David Adamson , Senior Environmental Engineer

    GSI Environmental Inc.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 of 48 ratings

Excellent course! Explained so that it is understandable even if you don't have the sufficient background in the topics discussed.

Good overview of MNA. Homework problems were interesting, but not mandatory. I think I would have engaged in the course more if I had to complete the homework for a grade.

Fantastic course! Learn a lot.

There are lots of studies conducted on groundwater contaminant transport by using mathematical model. Mathematical models provide a framework for understanding the physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine the cycling of elements and compounds through the environment.

This course provide a basis for relating human activities and environmental impacts and thus for predicting the changes that might occur in response to alterations in the activities.

It is to be noted that so far no groundwater quality simulations study has been conducted for in our location along with river basin of area using mathematical models. The location areas are severely polluted due to discharge of effluent by the textile bleaching and dyeing units.

Hence mathematical modelling study is very essential to the under the system behavior and to take a decision on corrective and remediation measures. Visual MODFLOW is a well-established tool to study the groundwater flow and contaminant transport.

This course gives me idea of to do research on groundwater contaminant with new paradigms, technologies and different application.THANK YOU Professor.