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Groundwater Toolbox: A graphical and mapping interface for analysis of hydrologic data
Overview of Groundwater Toolbox
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
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.
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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The USGS develops groundwater , 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.
Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Software License and Purchase Information
This software is a product of the U.S. Geological Survey, which is part of the U.S. Government.
This software is freely distributed. There is no fee to download and (or) use this software.
Users do not need a license or permission from the USGS to use this software. Users can download and install as many copies of the software as they need.
As a work of the United States Government, this USGS product is in the public domain within the United States. You can copy, modify, distribute, and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Additionally, USGS waives copyright and related rights in the work worldwide through CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ ).
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