The Seven Deadly Sins of Numerical Modelling

Pope Gregory defined the seven deadly sins in order to guide the Catholic Church in the 6th century. The past 20 odd years in the industry has shown that there are several mistakes that are repeatedly made by numerical modelers. Although we all acknowledge that any numerical model is a non-unique solution, and that there exists and infinite number of solutions, there are several sins that will prevent the model from giving an accurate representation. This paper will provide the most common mistakes made in a format that is accessible to numerical modelers as well as other practitioners. Issues covered will include boundary conditions, model complexity and recharge.

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