National Research Program


Investigations of Single and Multiphase Fluid Flow, Mass and Energy Transport, and Fluid Phase Change in the Subsurface Environment

The subsurface environment is subject to both natural and man- imposed stresses, the interaction of which determines both its preservation and its employment as a multifaceted natural resource for water supply, energy production, and subsurface storage of energy and materials. Study of subsurface problems requires synthesis of a theoretical framework of physics of single and multiphase fluid flow, mass and energy transport and fluid phase change as applied to the subsurface environment, and describing subsurface behavior based on measurements in complex heterogeneous environments. Improved understanding is required to solve present subsurface problems. Objectives of this project are to elucidate fundamental theory describing flow and transport phenomena in complex heterogeneous geologic environments; develop quantitative methods for analysis of systems in the subsurface environment involving single and multiphase fluid flow, mass and energy transport and fluid phase change; and apply these methods to field problems in order to illuminate hydrological relationships which are important in both the preservation and optimal employment of the subsurface.

REPORTS PUBLISHED 2003-2012

Voss, C.I., in press (web publication 3/20/12), ,Editor’s message: Editors’ Choice articles for 2011 and upcoming theme issues: Hydrogeology Journal. (on-line preprint of editorial in pdf format, 71 KB, not copyright protected in U.S.

Minsley, B.J., Abraham, J.D., Smith, B.D., Cannia, J.C., Voss, C.I., Jorgenson, M.T.,. Walvoord, M.A., Wylie, B.K., Anderson, L., Ball, L.B., Deszcz-Pan, M., Wellman T.P., and Ager, T.A., 2012, Airborne geophysical mapping of discontinuous permafrost: Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L02503, doi:10.1029/2011GL050079. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Provost, A. M., Voss, C.I., and Neuzil, C.E., 2012 (web publication 2/20/12), Glaciation and regional ground-water flow in the Fennoscandian Shield: Geofluids, v. 12, no. 1, p. 79-96. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-8123.2012.00361.x (on-line abstract of journal article)

Voss, C.I., 2011, Editor’s message: Groundwater modeling fantasies - part 1, adrift in the details: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 19, no. 7, p. 1281-1284. (on-line editorial in pdf format, 83 KB, published by Springer, not subject to copyright in U.S.)

Voss, C.I., 2011, Editor's message: Groundwater modeling fantasies - part 2, down to earth: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 19, no. 8, p. 1455-1458. (on-line editorial in pdf format, 76 KB, published by Springer, not subject to copyright in U.S.)

Voss, C.I., 2011, Editor's message: Hydrogeology Journal news about staff and Editors' Choice articles: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 19, no. 5, p. 957-958. (on-line editorial in pdf format, 62 KB, published by Springer, not subject to copyright in U.S.)

Burgess, W.G. , Hoque, M.A. , Michael, H.A. , Voss, C.I. , Breit, G.N. , and Ahmed, K.M., 2010, Vulnerability of deep groundwater in the Bengal Aquifer System to contamination by arsenic: Nature Geoscience, v. 3, no. 2, p. 83-87. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Voss, C.I., Simmons, C.T., and Robinson, N.I., 2010, Three-dimensional benchmark for variable-density flow and transport simulation: matching semi-analytic stability modes for steady unstable convection in an inclined porous box: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 18, no. 1, p. 5-23. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Michael, H.A., and Voss, C.I., 2009, Estimation of regional-scale groundwater flow properties in the Bengal Basin of India and Bangladesh: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 17, no. 6, 2009, p. 1329-1346. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Michael, H.A., and Voss, C.I., 2009, Controls on groundwater flow in the Bengal Basin of India and Bangladesh: Regional modeling analysis: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 17, no. 7, p.1561-1577. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Yager, R.M., Voss, C.I., and Southworth, S., 2009, Comparison of alternative representations of hydraulic-conductivity anisotropy in folded fractured-sedimentary rock: Modeling groundwater flow in the Shenandoah Valley (USA): Hydrogeology Journal, v. 17, no. 5, p. 1111-1131. (on-line abstract of journal article)  

Michael, H.A., and Voss, C.I., 2008, Evaluation of the sustainability of deep groundwater as an arsenic-safe resource in the Bengal Basin: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, v.105, no. 25, p.8531-8536. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Voss, C.I., 2008, Editor' s message: Hydrogeology Journal news: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 16, no. 4, p. 609-611.

Yager R.M., Southworth S., and Voss C.I., 2008, Simulation of ground-water flow in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and West Virginia, using variable-direction anisotropy in hydraulic conductivity to represent bedrock structure: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5002, 54 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 5.61 MB)

Abarca, E., Carrera, J., Sánchez-Vila, X., and Voss, C.I., 2007, Quasi-horizontal circulation cells in 3D seawater intrusion: Journal of Hydrology, v. 339, no.3-4, p.118-129. (on-line abstract of journal article)

McKenzie, J.M., Siegel, D.I., Rosenberry, D.O., Glaser, P.H., and Voss, C.I., 2007, Heat transport in the Red Lake Bog, glacial Lake Agassiz peatlands: Hydrological Processes, v. 21, no. 3, p. 369-378. (on-line abstract of journal article)

McKenzie, J.M., Voss,C.I. and Siegel, D.I., 2007, Groundwater flow with energy transport and water-ice phase change: numerical simulations, benchmarks, and application to freezing in peat bogs: Advances in Water Resources, v. 30, no. 4, p. 966-983. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Misut, P.E. and Voss, C.I., 2007, Freshwater-saltwater transition zone movement during aquifer storage and recovery cycles in Brooklyn and Queens, New York City, USA: Journal of Hydrology, v. 337, no. 1-2, p.87- 103. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.01.035. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Konikow, L.F., Reilly, T.E., Barlow, P.M., and Voss, C.I., 2006, Chapter 23: Groundwater Modeling, in Delleur, J., ed., The Handbook of Groundwater Engineering, Second Edition: Boca Raton, CRC Press, 54 p.

Provost, A.M., Payne, D.F. and Voss, C.I., 2006, Simulation of Saltwater Movement in the Upper Floridan Aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia–Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Area, Predevelopment–2004, and Projected Movement for 2000 Pumping Conditions: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5058, 124 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 15 MB)

Sanz, E. and Voss, C.I., 2006, Inverse modeling for seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers: Insights about parameter sensitivities, variances, correlations and estimation procedures derived from the Henry problem: Advances in Water Resources v. 29, no. 3, p. 439-457. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Gingerich, S.B., and Voss, C.I., 2005, Three-dimensional variable-density flow simulation of a coastal aquifer in southern Oahu, USA , Hydrogeology Journal, v. 13, p. 436-450. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Voss, C.I., 2005, The future of hydrogeology: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 13, no. 1, p. 1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s10040-005-0435-8.

Marin, L.E., and Voss, C.I., 2004, SWICA - 2 M3: Second Conference on Salt Water Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers: Monitoring, Modeling, and Management:, Ground Water, v. 42, no. 3, p. 318-318.

Misut, P.E., and Voss, C.I., 2004, Simulation of seawater intrusion resulting from proposed expanded pumpage in New York City, USA, in Miller, C.T., Farthing, M.W., Gray, W.G., and Pinder, G.F., eds., Computational Methods in Water Resources, Proceedings of the XVth International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR XV), June 13-17 2004, Chapel Hill, NC, USA: Elsevier, p. 1595-1606.

Voss, C.I., Olcott, P., and Schneider, R., eds., 2004, Editors' message - Hydrogeology Journal in 2003: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 12, no. 1, p. 1-2. (on-line editorial in pdf format, 96 kb)

Voss, C.I., Olcott, P., Schneider, R., and Watson, C., eds., 2004, Hydrogeology Journal in 2004: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 12, no 6, p. 611-612. .

Weatherill, D., Simmons, C.T., Voss, C.I., Robinson, N.I., 2004, Testing density-dependent groundwater models: two-dimensional steady state unstable convection in infinite, finite and inclined porous layers: Advances in Water Resources, v. 27, no. 5, p. 547-562. (on-line summary plus)

Ge, S., Bekins, B.A., Bredehoeft, J., Brown, K., Davis, E.E., Gorelick, S.M., Henry, P., Kooi, H., Moench, A.F., Ruppel, C., Sauter, M., Screaton, E., Swart, P.K., Tokunaga, T., Voss, C.I., and Whitaker, F., 2003, Fluid flow in sub-sea floor processes and future ocean drilling: EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, v. 84, p. 145, 151-152.

Geier, J., Voss, C.I., and Dverstorp, B., 2003, Conceptual uncertainty in crystalline bedrock: is simple evaluation the only practical approach?, in Kovar, K., and Hrkal, Z., eds., Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling - A Few Steps Closer to Reality: IAHS publication 277, p. 296-302. (on-line abstract)

Olcott, P. Schneider, R., and Voss, C.I., eds., 2003, Editors' message - Hydrogeology Journal in 2002, v. 11, no. 1, p. 1-2. (on-line editorial in pdf format, 119 kb)

Payne, D.F., Provost, A.M., and Voss, C.I., 2003, Parallel development of MODFLOW and SUTRA models in coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida; an approach to study regional ground-water flow and local saltwater intrusion: Proceedings - Georgia Water Resources Conference Vol.2003.

Voss, C.I., ed., 2003, Editors' message - Announcing a Hydrogeology Journal theme issue on "The future of hydrogeology": Hydrogeology Journal, v. 11, no. 4, p. 415-417. (on-line editorial in pdf format, 98 kb)

Winston, R.B., and Voss, C.I., 2003, SutraGUI, a graphical interface for SUTRA, a model for ground-water flow with solute or energy transport: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-285, 114 p. (on-line report, in pdf format)


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROJECT, CONTACT:
Clifford I. Voss
U.S. Geological Survey, 430 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192
Email: cvoss@usgs.gov
Telephone: 703-648-5885

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