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Groundwater Toolbox: A graphical and mapping interface for analysis of hydrologic data

Overview of Groundwater Toolbox

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The Groundwater Toolbox is a graphical and mapping interface for analysis of hydrologic data. The software is a customized interface built on the non-proprietary, open-source MapWindow geographic information system software in a Microsoft Windows computing environment. The Groundwater Toolbox allows for the retrieval of hydrologic time-series data (streamflow, groundwater levels, and precipitation) from the USGS National Water Information System; preprocessed meteorological data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center also are available with the Groundwater Toolbox.

The Groundwater Toolbox has several methods for the analysis of streamflow-hydrograph data. These methods include six hydrograph-separation techniques — the Base-Flow Index (BFI Standard and Modified), HYSEP (Fixed Interval, Sliding Interval, and Local Minimum), and PART methods — and the RORA recession-curve displacement method and associated RECESS program to estimate groundwater recharge from streamflow data.


Groundwater Toolbox Information and Downloads

Software Downloads

The current release of the Groundwater Toolbox is version 1.2.0, released October 1, 2016. Users are encouraged to read the documents that are provided in the 'docs' directory of this software distribution.

Documentation of Groundwater Toolbox

How to Cite

This USGS software has two citations associated with it.

  1. The report citation is for the original report or article documenting the underlying theory, methods, instructions, and (or) applications at the time the initial version of the software was released. This digital object identifier (DOI) is for the report.
  2. The software release citation is for the software/code itself (now referred to by USGS as a "Software Release") and references a specific version of the code and associated release date. This DOI links to the code.

In instances where an author is citing use of this software, it would be appropriate to cite both the report documenting the code and the specific software release version that was used.

Report Citation for Groundwater Toolbox

Barlow, P.M., Cunningham, W.L., Zhai, Tong, and Gray, Mark, 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Toolbox, a graphical and mapping interface for analysis of hydrologic data (version 1.0): User guide for estimation of base flow, runoff, and groundwater recharge from streamflow data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 3, chap. B10, 27 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/tm3B10.

Software/Code Citation for Groundwater Toolbox

Barlow, P.M., Cunningham, W.L., Zhai, Tong, and Gray, Mark, 2016, U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Toolbox version 1.2.0, a graphical and mapping interface for analysis of hydrologic data: U.S. Geological Survey Software Release, 01 October 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7R78C9G

Point of Contact

Support is provided for correcting bugs and clarification of how the Groundwater Toolbox is intended to work. Only limited assistance can be provided for applying Groundwater Toolbox to specific problems by contacting Paul Barlow.

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Other USGS Groundwater Software

The USGS develops groundwater RSS, water-quality, surface-water, and other water-resources software for use by the USGS in fulfilling its mission. Most of this software is available online for download at no charge.

Disclaimers and Notices

This software has been approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Although the software has been subjected to rigorous review, the USGS reserves the right to update the software as needed pursuant to further analysis and review. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the USGS or the U.S. Government as to the functionality of the software and related material nor shall the fact of release constitute any such warranty. Furthermore, the software is released on condition that neither the USGS nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from its authorized or unauthorized use. Also refer to the USGS Water Resources Software User Rights Notice for complete use, copyright, and distribution information.

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