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Context and research orientation
Numerous hydrogeological problems need to be addressed quantitatively when specific insights are required for the understanding of aquifer dynamics and proper decision making. Models based on mathematical physics and numerical simulation methods are particularly useful to tackle a range of environmental and hydrogeological engineering issues, where groundwater flow and associated transport phenomena play a central role.
The quantitative hydrogeology group focuses on the analysis of hydro-thermo-chemical and hydro-mechanical processes and on the design of computational methods and tools for real-world applications at various space and time scales. Special emphasis is laid upon reservoir hydrodynamics and parametric uncertainties, variably-saturated and density-driven flows, contaminant migration from waste repositories and pollution source identification, groundwater age and transit times, hydro-thermal and hydro-mechanical impacts of tunnelling in the Alpine context, coastal hydrogeology, heat and solute recycling in multiple well systems.