Plume Volume and Mass (PVM) Calculator

The Plume Volume and Mass (PVM) Calculator is designed as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet-based tool to allow easy input of parameters describing the geometry of the plume as it has been mapped in the field, and then to calculate a variety of outputs including:

  • Areal extent and overall volume within the aquifer that is occupied by the plume
  • Volume of contaminated groundwater within the aquifer pore space
  • Mass of dissolved and sorbed chemical of concern in certain concentration contour zones of the aquifer
  • Overall mass of chemical in the plume
  • Mass flux along a user-specified transect

These plume metrics are useful for a variety of Conceptual Site Model development and remedy planning project steps.

The PVM Calculator includes a comprehensive User Guide and an Example Application, and can be downloaded free of charge via the link below.