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Michael Cardiff


Michael Cardiff (@ Red Rocks)

Assistant Professor 

Hydrogeology

Phone: (608)-262-2361

Email: cardiff@wisc.edu

Office: Room 412 Weeks Hall

Research

The properties that control the flow, transport, and reactions in groundwater aquifers are heterogeneous at a range of scales -- from individual pores to geologic unit assemblages -- and this heterogeneity has often limited hydrogeologists' ability to accurately predict groundwater flow and transport.

My interests lie in developing novel techniques to help us better understand aquifer heterogeneity, and in producing tools that aid in environmental decision-making. My research employs multi-physics numerical modeling codes, stochastic and Bayesian inference methods, and state-of-the-art hydrologic sensors and software in order to solve hydrogeologic problems.

Teaching

I will teach 4 courses during the 2012-2013 school year:

Fall 2012

  • GEOS-724: Groundwater Flow Modeling

Spring 2013

  • GEOS-929 / GLE-900 - Seminar: Describing and Simulating Heterogeneity
  • GEOS-793 - Geophysical Inverse Modeling (jointly with Clifford Thurber)

Summer 2013

  • GEOS-729 - Field Methods in Hydrogeology (jointly with Jean Bahr)

Service

In the Department, I serve on the Geoscience Computing Committee as well as the Graduate Studies Committee. I am also a member of the department's ad-hoc committee on Educational Innovations.

Outside the Department, I serve as a reviewer for proposals submitted to NSF's Hydrologic Sciences Program. I also serve as a reviewer for a number of hydrologic journals, including Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Water Resources Research, Ground Water, Hydrogeology Journal, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, and Vadose Zone Journal.

Recent Publications (last 5 years)

Thoma, M., W. Barrash, M. Cardiff, J. H. Bradford and J. Mead (2012-in review). "Estimation of in-situ unsaturated hydraulic properties of a stony sediment sequence from an infiltration experiment, Boise Hydrogeophysical Research Site." Water Resources Research.

Cardiff, M., W. Barrash and P. K. Kitanidis (2012-in review). "Resolution of hydraulic conductivity imaging from 3-D transient hydraulic tomography at several pumping / observation densities." Water Resources Research.

Cardiff, M., T. Bakhos, P. K. Kitanidis and W. Barrash (2012-in review). "Multi-frequency oscillatory hydraulic tomography: The use of steady-periodic signals for sensitivity analysis and inversion." Water Resources Research.

Bakhos, T., M. Cardiff, W. Barrash and P. K. Kitanidis (2012-in review). "Signal processing for oscillatory hydraulic tomography." Water Resources Research.

Parker, J., U. Kim, P. K. Kitanidis, M. Cardiff, X. Liu and G. Beyke (2012-in press). "Stochastic cost optimization of DNAPL site remediation. 1. Method description and sensitivity studies." Environmental Modeling and Software.

Kim, U., J. Parker, P. K. Kitanidis, M. Cardiff, X. Liu and J. Gillie (2012-in press). "Stochastic cost optimization of DNAPL site remediation. 2. Field application." Environmental Modeling and Software.

Cardiff, M., W. Barrash and P. K. Kitanidis (2012). "A field proof-of-concept of aquifer imaging using 3D transient hydraulic tomography with temporarily-emplaced equipment." Water Resources Research 48: W05531.

Straface, S., F. Chidichimo, E. Rizzo, M. Riva, W. Barrash, A. Revil, M. Cardiff and A. Guadagnini (2011). "Joint inversion of steady-state hydrologic and self-potential data for 3D hydraulic conductivity distribution at the Boise Hydrogeophysical Research Site." Journal of Geophysical Research 407: 115-128.

Malama, B., K. L. Kuhlman, W. Barrash, M. Cardiff and M. Thoma (2011). "Modeling slug tests in unconfined aquifers taking into account water table kinematics, wellbore skin and inertial effects." Journal of Hydrology 408(1-2): 113-126.

Dafflon, B., W. Barrash, M. Cardiff and T. Johnson (2011). "Hydrological parameter estimations from a conservative tracer test with variable-density effects at the Boise Hydrogeophysical Research Site." Water Resources Research 47(12).

Cardiff, M., W. Barrash, B. Malama and M. Thoma (2011). "Information content of slug tests for estimating hydraulic properties in realistic, high-conductivity aquifer scenarios." Journal of Hydrology 403(1-2): 66-82.

Cardiff, M. and W. Barrash (2011). "3-D transient hydraulic tomography in unconfined aquifers with fast drainage response." Water Resources Research 47: W12518.

Parker, J. C., U. Kim, P. K. Kitanidis, M. Cardiff and X. Liu (2010). "Stochastic cost optimization of multi-strategy DNAPL site remediation." Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation 30(3): 65-78.

Liu, X., M. Cardiff and P. K. Kitanidis (2010). "Parameter estimation in nonlinear environmental problems." Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 24(7): 1003-1022.

Cardiff, M., X. Liu, P. K. Kitanidis, J. C. Parker and U. Kim (2010). "Cost optimization of DNAPL source and plume remediation under uncertainty using a semi-analytic model." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 113(1-4): 25-43.

Cardiff, M. and P. K. Kitanidis (2010). "Fitting data under omnidirectional noise: A probabilistic method for inferring petrophysical and hydrologic relations." Mathematical Geosciences 42(8): 877-909.

Cai, Z., R. Wilson, M. Cardiff and P. K. Kitanidis (2010). "Increasing confidence in mass discharge estimates using geostatistical methods." Ground Water 49(2): 197-208.

Jardani, A., A. Revil, W. Barrash, A. Crespy, E. Rizzo, S. Straface, M. Cardiff, B. Malama, C. Miller and T. Johnson (2009). "Reconstruction of the water table from self potential data: A Bayesian approach." Ground Water 47(2): 213-227.

Cardiff, M. and P. K. Kitanidis (2009). "Bayesian inversion for facies detection: An extensible level set framework." Water Resources Research 45(W10416).

Cardiff, M., W. Barrash, P. K. Kitanidis, B. Malama, A. Revil, S. Straface and E. Rizzo (2009). "A potential-based inversion of unconfined steady-state hydraulic tomography." Ground Water 47(2): 259-270.

Cardiff, M. and P. K. Kitanidis (2008). "Efficient solution of nonlinear, underdetermined inverse problems with a generalized PDE model." Computers and Geosciences 34: 1480-1491.