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Lynn Gelhar

Lynn Gelhar
  • Title William E. Leonhard Professor Emeritus
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  • Faculties Food & Water Security
  • Address MIT Parsons Laboratory Room 48-325 15 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA, 02139
  • Telephone 617-253-7121


  • B.S. 1959, University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. 1960, University of Wisconsin
  • Ph. D. 1964, University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Stochastic methods
  • Contaminant transport
  • Hydrologic aspects of waste disposal

Selected Publications

  1. Jacobs B., L. W. Gelhar, Effective properties of two-phase flow in heterogeneous aquifers, Water Resour. Res., 41, W01018, doi:10.1029/2004WR003232, 2005.
  2. Gelhar, Lynn W., Contaminant transport in the saturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Chapter in Uncertainty Underground: Dealing with the Nation’s High-Level Nuclear Waste, Allison Macfarlane and Rodney Ewing, editors, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.
  3. Zhou, Q., L.W. Gelhar, and B. Jacobs, Comparison of field-scale effective properties of two-phase flow in heterogeneous porous media, Proceedings of the International Groundwater Symposium on Bridging the Gap Between Measurement and Modeling In Heteroegeneous Media, Berkeley, CA, March 25-28, 2002, pp. 389-392, ed. A. N. Findikakis, International Association for Hydraulic Research, Madrid, Spain, 2002, ISBN: 90-805649-4-x
  4. Whipple, C.G., D.W. Berman, S.B. Clark, J.C. Fountain, L.W. Gelhar, L.C. Green, R.O. Hall, E.E. Herricks, B.D. Honeyman, S. Levy, J.K. Mitchell, L.T. Silver, L. Smith, and D.A. Stonestrom, Science and Technology for Environmental Cleanup at Hanford, National Academy Press, 2001. <>
  5. Hsieh, P.A., J.M. Bahr, T.W. Doe, A.W. Flint, G. Gee, L.W. Gelhar, D.K. Kip, M. Van Genuchten, and S.W. Wheatcraft, Conceptual Models of Flow and Transport in the Fractured Vadose Zone, National Academy Press, 2001.
  6. Jacobs, B., and L.W. Gelhar, Hydrologic Model Uncertainty Analysis, Phase 1: Study Approach and Methodology, report submitted to Tampa Bay Water, Clearwater, FL, January 2000.
  7. Miralles-Wilhelm, F., and L.W. Gelhar, Stochastic analysis of oxygen-limited biodegradation in heterogeneous aquifers with transient microbial dynamics, J. of Contaminant Hydrology, 42, 69-97, 2000.
  8. Freeze, R.A., L.W. Gelhar, D. Langmuir, S.P. Neuman, F.W. Schwartz, and D. Weber, External Peer Review Group Report on Frenchman Flat Data Analysis and Modeling Task, Underground Test Area Project, Report ITLV/13052-077 prepared under Contract No. DE-AC08-97NV13052, U.S. Department of Energy, September 1999.
  9. Gelhar, L.W., Report on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board Winter Meeting, 20-21 January 1998, Amargosa Valley, NV, submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, January 1998.
  10. Gelhar, L., L. Kovach, T. Martin, B. Prindle, L. Wilhite, and G. Williamson, Comments and Findings from the External Review Panel for the Hanford Low-Level Tank Waste Interim Performance Assessment, Appendix F, DOE/RL-97-69, Hanford Immobilized Low-Activity Tank Waste Performance Assessment, March 1998.
  11. Coppersmith, K.J., R.C. Perman, R.A. Freeze, L.W. Gelhar, D. Langmuir, S.P. Neuman, and C-F. Tsang, Saturated Zone Flow and Transport Expert Elicitation Project, Yucca Mountain, prepared under U.S. Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC01-91RW00134, 1998 <
  12. Kapoor, Vivek, Lynn W. Gelhar, and Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Bimolecular second-order reactions in spatially varying flows: Segregation induced scale-dependent transformation rates, Water Resources Research, 33(4), 527-536, 1997.
  13. Miralles-Wilhelm, F., L.W. Gelhar, and V. Kapoor, “Stochastic analysis of oxygen-limited biodegradation in three-dimensionally heterogeneous aquifers”, Water Resources Research , 33(6), 1251-1263, 1997.
  14. Gelhar, Lynn W., Perspectives on field scale application of stochastic subsurface hydrology, in Subsurface Flow and Transport: The Stochastic Approach, 157-176, ed. G Dagan and S. P. Neuman, Cambridge University Press/UNESCO, 1997.
  15. Miralles-Wilhelm, F., and L.W. Gelhar, “Stochastic analysis of transport and decay of a solute in heterogeneous aquifers”, Water Resources Research, 32(12), 3451-3459, 1996.
  16. Armstrong, A., D. Burden, J. Downey, L. Gelhar, G. Grisak, C. Johnson, C. Menzie, and D. Prudic, External Peer Review Report, Underground Test Area Project Phase 1: Data Analysis Task submitted to U.S. Department of Energy/Nevada, October 1996.
  17. Miralles-Wilhelm, F., and L.W. Gelhar, “Stochastic analysis of sorption macrokinetics in heterogeneous aquifers”, Water Resources Research, 32(6), 1541-1549, 1996.
  18. Rajaram, H. and L.W. Gelhar, “Plume scale dependent dispersion in aquifers with a wide range of scales of heterogeneity”, Water Resources Research, 31(10), 2469-2482, 1995.
  19. Gelhar, Lynn W., Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology, Prentice Hall, 390 pp., 1993