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PART: A computerized method of base-flow-record estimation
The computer program PART uses streamflow partitioning to estimate a daily record of groundwater discharge under the streamflow record. The method designates groundwater discharge to be equal to streamflow on days that fit a requirement of antecedent recession, linearly interpolates groundwater discharge for other days, and is applied to a long period of record to obtain an estimate of the mean rate of groundwater discharge.
This web site includes information about the use of the PART computer program for analyzing a streamflow record. The version at this site will read streamflow data in the format that is available from USGS web sites.
PART is described in the following documents:
The following resources may also be of use:
Related Software: Groundwater Toolbox
PART users may also be interested in the Groundwater Toolbox, a graphical and mapping interface for analysis of hydrologic data. The Groundwater Toolbox has several methods for the analysis of streamflow 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.
Point of Contact
Support is provided for correcting bugs and clarification of how PART is intended to work. Only limited assistance can be provided for applying PART to specific problems. Comments and questions can be sent to Paul Barlow.
Other USGS Groundwater Software
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.
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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.
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