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Unsaturated Zone Hydrology by Gary L. Guymon - Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine CA 92717

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Chapter 4Flow and Transport Laws

The quantification of fluid flow, heat transport, and mass transport in unsaturated porous media is based upon linear flow laws that involve an appropriate gradient multiplied by a transfer function. This chapter presents flow and transport laws that are required to develop models of fluid flow.

The flow and transport laws are deterministic models that involve a transfer function or parameters that describes the ease or ability for flow or transport. These parameters are ideally determined from sampling the porous media prototype. However, as will be pointed out, there is a great deal of uncertainty in doing this, and stochastic models of these parameters may be required to estimate flow and transport parameters ...

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