Groundwater Modeling with GIS: An Example

by Mark A. Ross, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,
Mark A. Schwartz, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,
Patrick D. Tara, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Symposium on Ground Water


The versatility and widespread usage of a geographic information system (GIS) as a hydrological modeling tool is only now showing up in the literature. In this regard, a research team has recently completed development of a model that uses a GIS integrated with a dynamic surface water/groundwater model for phosphate mine reclamation in Florida. The emphasis of this paper is on the detail and benefit of the GIS and groundwater components and their interaction. The GIS provides important pre- and post-simulation spatial analyses. Preliminary results of a calibration of a phosphate mine reclamation site are provided. This example supports the assertion that significant time/cost savings and additional analytical capability are provided by a GIS interface.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Hydrologic models | Groundwater | Decision support systems | Information systems | Water reclamation | Phosphate | Spatial analysis | Florida | United States

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