Groundwater Science

Groundwater Science

3rd Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Author: Charles Fitts
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128114551

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Groundwater Science, Third Edition covers physical and chemical aspects of groundwater science, with emphasis on applications role in the hydrologic cycle and in water supply, contamination, mining, and construction issues. This interdisciplinary text weaves important methods and applications from the disciplines of physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, biology, and environmental science, introducing you to the mathematical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. The previous edition won a Textbook Excellence Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association. This fully updated edition includes all new case studies, expanded ancillary materials (including software) and expanded problems. It is a valuable resource for students and instructors in the geosciences, environmental sciences, and civil engineers with focuses in hydrology, hydrogeology, and environmental science.

Key Features

  • Offers discussions of groundwater modeling, calibration, parameter estimation, and uncertainty
  • Includes content on well construction and design, surface water hydrology, groundwater/ surface water interaction, slug tests, pumping tests, and mounding analysis
  • Provides free software tools for slug test analysis, pumping test analysis, heat flow analysis, groundwater flow modeling and solute transport modelling-fully updated and expanded in the new edition
  • Includes lists of key terms and chapter contents at the start of each chapter, as well as end-of-chapter problems, including conceptual questions and all-new concepts for labs in the new edition
  • Includes additional government reports as case studies with exercises and labs built around them, as well as more case studies highlighting examples of conjunctive water use issues


Hydrologists, geophysicists, geologists, and geochemists and environmental engineers; Professionals involved in consulting or regulating in these fields: water resources, contamination remediation, geotechnical engineering, mining, geothermal energy; Upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Geoscience and Civil Engineering departments

Table of Contents

  • 1. Groundwater: The Big Picture
    2. Physical Properties
    3. Principles of Flow
    4. Field Exploration and Wells
    5. Hydrology and Geology
    6. Deformation, Storage, and General Flow Equations
    7. Modeling Steady Flow with Basic Methods
    8. Modeling Transient Well Hydraulics and Mounding
    9. Computer-Assisted Flow Modeling
    10. Groundwater Chemistry
    11. Groundwater Contamination
    12. Subsurface Heat Flow and Geothermal Energy

    A. Units and Conversions
    B. Mathematics Primer
    C. Book Website

Product details

  • No. of pages: 725
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128114551

About the Author

Charles Fitts

Charles Fitts
Charles R. Fitts is a professor at the University of Southern Maine with research interests in hydrogeology, contaminant migration, and applied mathematics. He earned an MS in engineering geology at Cornell and a PhD in civil engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has consulted for various geotechnical and groundwater companies, and is author of several groundwater modeling software packages: AnAqSim (analytic aquifer simulator) and TWODAN for groundwater flow, and SOLUTRANS for solute transport.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, USA

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