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Guidelines for Evaluating Ground-Water Flow Models

U.S. Geological Survey
Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5038—Version 1.01
by Thomas E. Reilly and Arlen W. Harbaugh

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Abstract

Ground-water flow modeling is an important tool frequently used in studies of ground-water systems. Reviewers and users of these studies have a need to evaluate the accuracy or reasonableness of the ground-water flow model. This report provides some guidelines and discussion on how to evaluate complex ground-water flow models used in the investigation of ground-water systems. A consistent thread throughout these guidelines is that the objectives of the study must be specified to allow the adequacy of the model to be evaluated.

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