Applied Contaminant Transport

Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling Theory and Practice - Textbook

The Complete Resource on Contaminant Transport Modeling

Second Edition (2002)

SSP&A Software is proud to announce the availability of the second edition of Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling -- Theory and Practice, a transport modeling textbook. This book was written by Dr. Chunmiao Zheng, professor of Geology at the University of Alabama and Mr. Gordon Bennett, a senior Associate at SSP&A. This resource finally brings together, in a single volume, both the theoretical and practical aspects of contaminant transport modeling.

The book is intended as a self-study guide and reference volume for practicing hydrogeologists, environmental scientists and engineers, as well as for graduate-level course work in contaminant transport modeling. The materials explain concepts and numerical techniques in plain terms so an advanced mathematical background is not required. Numerous examples and case studies are included to facilitate the transition from theory to practice.

Written by two experts with extensive practical experience in the field, Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling clearly explains:

  • Factors controlling the transport and fate of solutes in the subsurface, including advective and dispersive transport and chemical reaction, and the equations governing these processes.
  • Development of mathematical models of solute transport regimes and representative analytical solutions to the transport equation.
  • Particle tracking as a practical tool for solving many types of field problems.
  • Development of Eulerian- Lagrangian methods for solving advection-dispersion-reaction equations.
  • Step-by-step development and application of solute transport models - emphasizing problem formulation, model setup, parameter selection, calibration, and sensitivity analyses.
  • Sources of uncertainty in transport simulation, and methods of evaluating and managing uncertainty.

The Second Edition incorporates recent advances in contaminant transport theory and simulation techniques, adding the following to the original text:

  • An expanded discussion of the role of aquifer heterogeneity in controlling solute transport.
  • A new section on the dual-domain mass transfer approach as an alternative to the classical advection-dispersion model.
  • Additional chemical processes and reactions in the discussion of reactive transport.
  • A discussion of the TVD (total-variation-diminishing) approach to transport solution.
  • An entirely new Part III containing two chapters on simulation of flow and transport under variable water density and under variable saturation, respectively, and a third chapter on the use of the simulation-optimization approach in remediation system design.

Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling presents detailed case histories illustrating how transport models are applied in real-life situations, including landfills, hazardous waste sites, and contaminated aquifers.

The software that accompanies the second edition of Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling (2002) can be obtained at This web site contains a collection of companion software and supplementary instructional materials.  The companion software collection is intended for readers of Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling to explore the concepts and techniques discussed in the text.


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