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Simulating Water, Solute, and Heat Transport in the Subsurface with the VS2DI Software Package

Richard W. Healy
Vadose zone journal 2008 v.7 no.2 pp. 632-639
simulation models, solutes, unsaturated flow, porous media, soil water movement, heat transfer, vadose zone, computer software, hydrologic models
The software package VS2DI was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey for simulating water, solute, and heat transport in variably saturated porous media. The package consists of a graphical preprocessor to facilitate construction of a simulation, a postprocessor for visualizing simulation results, and two numerical models that solve for flow and solute transport (VS2DT) and flow and heat transport (VS2DH). The finite-difference method is used to solve the Richards equation for flow and the advection–dispersion equation for solute or heat transport. This study presents a brief description of the VS2DI package, an overview of the various types of problems that have been addressed with the package, and an analysis of the advantages and limitations of the package. A review of other models and modeling approaches for studying water, solute, and heat transport also is provided.