Introduction to Groundwater Modeling: Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods



This is the first textbook specifically designed for university courses in groundwater modeling. There are books devoted to the exposition of the mechanics of groundwater, to the mathematics of finite differences and finite elements, and to overviews of modeling technology. However, this book leads the student from elementary concepts through the mathematics and modeling procedures and to the solution of problems.

The book is very readable and is aimed at the student whose preparation is limited to elementary calculus. More difficult and peripheral topics such as Anisotropy and Tensors, the Variational Method, Isoparametric Quadrilateral Elements, and Analogies are reserved for appendices.