A methodology is presented for evaluating the temporal moments of solutes undergoing linear rate‐limited mass transfer processes based on a Lagrangian approach to solute transport in heterogeneous media. The temporal moments of sorbing solutes are written as a function of those of conservative tracers. The general continuous diffusion rate model that has recently appeared in the hydrologic literature is used to model the rate‐limited mass transfer processes. The methodology is also applied to desorption from an initially uniformly contaminated aquifer, and the concentration expected value and variance are found quasi‐analytically. The conditional temporal moments of sorbing solutes can be written as a function of the conditional moments of conservative tracers. Conditioning results in a reduction of the variance of travel time. The amount of reduction depends on the chemical model selected.

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Published on 01/01/2002

DOI: 10.1029/2001WR001006
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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