The value of long-term monitoring in the development of ground-water-flow models

Fact Sheet 116-03
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As environmental issues have come to the forefront of public concern, so has the awareness of the importance of ground water in the overall water cycle and as a source of the Nation’s drinking water. Heightened interest has spawned a host of scientific enterprises (Taylor and Alley, 2001). Some activities are directed toward collection of water-level data and related information to monitor the physical and chemical state of the resource. Other activities are directed at interpretive studies undertaken, for example, to optimize the location of new water-supply wells or to protect rivers and lakes fed by ground water. An important type of interpretive study is the computer ground-water-flow model that inte- grates field data in a mathematical framework. Long-term, systematic collection of hydro- logic data is crucial to the construction and testing of ground-water models so that they can reproduce the evolution of flow systems and forecast future conditions. 

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The value of long-term monitoring in the development of ground-water-flow models
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 116-03
DOI 10.3133/fs11603
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Dodge County, Jefferson County, Kenosha County, Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Racine County, Rock County, Walworth County, Washington County, Waukesha County,
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