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CRT: Cascade Routing Tool to Define and Visualize Flow Paths for Grid-Based Watershed Models
The U.S. Geological Survey Cascade Routing Tool (CRT) is a computer application for watershed models that include the coupled Groundwater and Surface-water FLOW model GSFLOW and the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS). CRT generates output to define cascading surface and shallow subsurface flow paths for grid-based model domains. CRT also includes an option to condition the grid-scale DEM to fill unintended swales and to provide continuous down-sloping HRUs that follow streams. CRT requires a land-surface elevation for each hydrologic response unit (HRU) of the model grid; these elevations can be derived from a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) raster data set of the area that contains the model domain. Additionally, a list is required of the HRUs that contain streams, swales, lakes, and other cascade termination features along with indices that uniquely define these features. Cascade flow paths are determined from the altitudes of each HRU. Cascade paths can occur across any of the four faces of an HRU, to a stream, or to a lake within or adjacent to an HRU. Cascades can terminate at a stream, lake, or HRU that has been designated as a watershed outflow location.
Source Code for CRT version 1.2.0 (September 30, 2015)
Henson, W.R, Medina, R.L., Mayers, C.J., Niswonger, R.G., and Regan, R.S., 2013, CRT -- Cascade Routing Tool to define and visualize flow paths for grid-based watershed models: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 6-D2, 28 p.
Point of Contact
Support is provided for correcting bugs and clarification of how the code is intended to work. Only limited assistance can be provided for applying CRT to specific problems by contacting the point of contact listed below:
Wesley Henson or Richard Niswonger
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