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BGS GISGroudnwater is an add-in to ArcGIS that models the depth to groundwater beneath the land surface. The tool is based on a mathematical model that simulates groundwater flow but is easy to use. The user provides information about a region using a series of GIS raster layers and shapefiles, which form input to the model. For example, amongst other things, the user defines properties of an aquifer such as how permeable the rock is, where rivers and pumping wells are located, and the amount of rainfall seeping downwards to the water table from the land surface. On running the model, the tool adds a raster layer to the GIS project, which plots the elevation of the groundwater level surface  


Numerical groundwater flow model  

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Title Published? Publication URL Digital Object Identifier Authors Year Published Other Details
User's manual for BGS GISGroundwater: a finite difference groundwater flwo model for ArcGIS     Wang L., Pachocka M., Jackson C.  2014  British Geolocial Survery Open Report OR/12/63 
The nitrate time bomb : a numerical way to investigate nitrate storage and lag time in the unsaturated zone.     Wang, L.; Butcher, A.S.; Stuart, M.E.; Gooddy, D.C.; Bloomfield, J.P.  2013  Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 35 (5). 667-681. 10.1007/s10653-013-9550-y 

Computing Parameters:
Parameter Name Input/Output
Hydraulic conductivity 
River Geometry 


Computing requirements:
Operating SystemCode languageCPUSystem MemoryComments
Win7  C++    4GB   

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