Shlomo Neuman

Regents’ Professor, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
University of Arizona, Tucson

Email: neuman@hwr.arizona.edu

Education

Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Civil and Geological), University of California Berkeley, 1968

M.S. in Engineering Science (Civil and Geological), University of California Berkeley, 1966

Shlomo P Neuman

B.Sc. in Geology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1963

Research Interests

  • Development and application of hydraulic and pneumatic field tests for the characterization of aquifer, aquitards and fractured rock hydrologic properties
  • Geostatistical methods for multiscale spatial analyses of hydrologic data
  • Development and application of stochastic methods to describe fluid flow and solute transport when soil and rock properties vary randomly in space, and with scale
  • Development of computational algorithms and computer programs to predict subsurface flow, and solute concentrations, under uncertainty, and to assess the associated prediction errors
  • Estimation of flow and transport model parameters under uncertainty
  • Use of models to help assess subsurface contamination, identify contaminant sources, design groundwater monitoring networks, and aid the design of remedial operations

Brief Biography

Professor Neuman has summarized his scientific contributions in over 350 professional papers, books and reports. His name appears on two ISI lists of Highly Cited Researchers, one in Engineering and one in Environmental Science. Professor Neuman is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; Corresponding member of the Bologna (Italy) Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and Galileo Circle of the UA College of Science; Concurrent Professor of Nanjing University in China; and Honorary Professor of the Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute in China. Professor Neuman has received numerous awards and honors including the Robert E. Horton Medal and the Hydrology Award from the American Geophysical Union, the O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America, the M.K. Hubbert Award from the Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers, the C.V. Theis Award from the American Institute of Hydrology, and a certificate of appreciation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has been named Birdsall Distinguished Lecturer by the Geological Society of America, and fourth Langbein Lecturer in Hydrology by the American Geophysical Union.

Over 35 doctoral students and 27 master students have completed their degrees under Professor Neuman’s supervision at the U of A by 2010, many of whom have gone on to hold prominent positions in academia, government and industry. In 1998 and 2008, Professor Neuman’s students and colleagues organized international symposia in Tucson to honor his 60 and 70 birthdays, the first of which resulted in a published Geological Society of America Memoir and the second in a special issue of the archival journal Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. Professor Neuman received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Groundwater Resources Association of California.

An Autobiography of Professor Neuman has been published by the Journal Ground Water in 2008, and a taped interview has been posted on The Hydrogeologist Time Capsule.

CRESP Projects

Quantifying and Reducing Uncertainties in Characterization, Flow-Transport Analysis and Monitoring of Subsurface Remediation and Waste Storage Sites

Publications (CRESP)

Mishra, P. K. and S. P. Neuman (2010), Saturated-unsaturated flow to a well with storage in a compressible unconfined aquifer, Water Resour. Res., under review.

Neuman, S.P., L. Xue, M. Ye, and D. Lu (2010), Bayesian analysis of data-worth considering model and parameter uncertainties, Adv. in Water Resour., under review.

Neuman, S.P., L. Xue, M. Ye, and D. Lu (2010), Multimodel assessment of the worth of data under uncertainty, Proc. Waste Management Conference WM2011, under review.

Mishra, P. K. and S. P. Neuman (2010), Pumping test characterization of deep vadose zone properties, Proc. Waste Management Conference WM2011, in press.

Meyer, P.D., M. Ye, T.J. Nicholson, S.P. Neuman, and M.L. Rockhold (2010), Incorporating Scenario Uncertainty within a Hydrogeological Uncertainty Assessment Methodology, In Model Uncertainty: Conceptual and Practical Issues in Risk-Informed Decision Making Context, in press.

Neuman (2010), Apparent multifractality and scale-dependent distribution of data sampled from self-affine processes, Hydrological Processes, in press.

Neuman (2010), Apparent/spurious multifractality of data sampled from fractional Brownian/Lévy motions, Hydrological Processes, 24, 2056-2067, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7611.

Neuman, S.P. (2010), Apparent/spurious multifractality of absolute increments sampled from truncated fractional Gaussian/Lévy noise, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L09403, doi:10.1029/2010GL043314.

Mishra, P. K., and S. P. Neuman (2010), Improved forward and inverse analyses of saturated-unsaturated flow toward a well in a compressible unconfined aquifer, Water Resour. Res., 46, W07508, doi:10.1029/2009WR008899.

Morales-Casique, E., S.P. Neuman, and V.V. Vesselinov (2010), Maximum likelihood Bayesian averaging of airflow models in unsaturated tuff, Stoch. Env. Res. Risk Assess., 24, 863-880, DOI 10.1007/s00477-010-0383-2.
Ye, M., D. Lu, S.P. Neuman, and P.D. Meyer, Comment on ‘‘Inverse groundwater modeling for hydraulic conductivity estimation using Bayesian model averaging and variance window’’ by Frank T.-C. Tsai and Xiaobao Li, Water Resour. Res., 46, W02801, doi:10.1029/2009WR008501, 2010.

Ye, M., P.D. Meyer, F-Y Lin, and S.P. Neuman (2010), Quantification of model uncertainty in environmental modeling, Stoch. Env. Res. Risk Asst., 24, 807-808, DOI 10.1007/s00477-010-0377-0 (Introduction to a special issue of the journal edited by these authors).

Meyer, P.D., M. Ye, T.J. Nicholson, S.P. Neuman, and M.L. Rockhold (2010), Incorporating Scenario Uncertainty within a Hydrogeological Uncertainty Assessment Methodology, In Model Uncertainty: Conceptual and Practical Issues in Risk-Informed Decision Making Context, in press as US NRC NUREG report.

Ye, M., P.D. Meyer, F-Y Lin, and S.P. Neuman (2010), Quantification of model uncertainty in environmental modeling, Stoch. Env. Res. Risk Asst., 24, 807-808, DOI 10.1007/s00477-010-0377-0.

Mishra, P.K. (2010), Pumping Test Inference of Saturated/Unsaturated Aquifer Properties, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Neuman, S. P. (2009), Hortonian scaling and effect of cutoffs on statistics of self-affine river networks, Water Resour. Res., 45, W12408, doi:10.1029/2009WR008124.
Neuman, S.P., Multiscale relationships between fracture length, aperture, density and permeability, Geophys. Res. Lett., L22402, doi:10.1029/2008GL035622, 2008.

Morales-Casique, E. and S.P. Neuman, Laplace-transform finite element solution of nonlocal and localized stochastic moment equations of transport, Communications in Computational Physics, 6(1), 131-161, 2009.

Ye, M., P.D. Meyer and S.P. Neuman, On model selection criteria in multimodel analysis, Water Resour. Res., 44, W03428, doi:10.1029/2008WR006803, 2008.

Neuman, S.P. and D.M. Tartakovsky, Perspective on theories of non-Fickian transport in heterogeneous media, invited, Advances in Water Resources, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.08.005, 32(5), 670-680, 2009.

Tartakovsky, A.M. and S.P. Neuman, Effects of Peclet number on pore-scale mixing and channeling of a tracer and on directional advective porosity, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L21401, doi:10.1029/2008GL035895, 2008.

Morales-Casique, E., S.P. Neuman and V.V. Vesselinov, Maximum likelihood Bayesian averaging of air flow models in unsaturated fractured tuff, pp. 70 – 75 in Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Credibility of Modeling, IAHS Publication 320, edited by J.C. Refsgaard, K. Kovar, E. Haarder & E. Nygaard, IAHS Press, 2008.

Meyer, P.D., M. Ye, S.P. Neuman, and M.L. Rockhold, Application of maximum likelihood Bayesian model averaging to groundwater flow and transport at the Hanford site 300 area, 64 – 69 in Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: Credibility of Modeling, IAHS Publication 320, edited by J.C. Refsgaard, K. Kovar, E. Haarder & E. Nygaard, IAHS Press, 2008.

Committee Service (CRESP relevance)

  • Groundwater Modeling Expert Panel, Hanford Site, Fluor Hanford/U.S. DOE (06))
  • Peer Review Panel, Draft Decommissioning EIS, West Valley Demonstration Project, NYSERDA/U.S. DOE, (05-06, 08-09)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (04-)
  • National Research Council Committee on Remediation of Buried Tanks and Wastes at DOE Facilities, (97-00)
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences Division Review Committee, Los Alamos National Laboratory (1997-2005)
  • Advisory Board, School of Earth Sciences, S­tanford University (88-01; Chair, 98-99)
  • Scientific Review Group, Canadian High-Level Nuclear Waste Program (90-97)
  • Review Panel, Modeling of Groundwater Flow and Transport at Frenchman Flat, Nevada Test Site, U.S. DOE (99)
  • Expert Panel on Drift Seepage at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, U.S. DOE (98-99)
  • Saturated Zone Expert Elicitation Panel, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, DOE (1997)
  • Unsaturated Zone Expert Elicitation Panel, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, DOE (1996-97)
  • National Research Council Geotechnical Board (93-94) and Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (94-95)
  • Earth Sciences Advisory Group, Westinghouse Savannah River Company (90-94, 95-98)
  • Geostatistical Expert Group, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Sandia National Laboratory (91-95)
  • Steering Committee, INTRAVAL International Geosphere Radionuclide Transport Model Validation Project (90-94)
  • Peer Review Panel, Hanford Site and Grout Performance Assessments, Westinghouse/U.S. DOE (89)
  • Hydrology-Geology Overview Committee (80-82) and Expert Elicitation Panel (84), Basalt Waste Isolation Project, Hanford, Washington, Rockwell International/U.S. DOE

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Detailed profile – University of Arizona

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