Introduction: Paul Witherspoon and the Birth of Contemporary Fractured Rock Hydrogeology

R. Allan Freeze, Iraj Javandel, Shlomo P. Neuman

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Paul Witherspoon has been a seminal influence on the development of ideas and methodologies related to the hydrogeology of fractured rocks. His interest in the topic grew from his earliest studies on caprock integrity for underground gas storage, through his midcareer emphasis on the role of aquitards in hydrogeological systems, to his later work on thermohydrologic and hydromechanical couplings in geothermal systems and nuclear waste isolation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFluid Dynamics in Complex Fractured-Porous Systems
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781118877517
ISBN (Print)9781118877203
StatePublished - Jun 12 2015


  • Aquitards
  • Contemporary fractured rock hydrogeology
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydromechanical coupling
  • Nuclear waste isolation
  • Paul Witherspoon legecy
  • Thermohydrologic coupling
  • Underground gas storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Medicine


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