The ‘Ike Wai Hawai‘i groundwater recharge tool

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This paper discusses the design and implementation of the ‘Ike Wai Hawai‘i Groundwater Recharge Tool, an application for providing data and analyses of the impacts of land-cover and climate modifications on groundwater-recharge rates for the island of O‘ahu. This application uses simulation data based on a set of 29 land-cover types and two rainfall scenarios to provide users with real-time recharge calculations for interactively defined land-cover modifications. Two visualizations, representing the land cover for the island and the resultant groundwater-recharge rates, and a set of metrics indicating the changes to groundwater recharge for relevant areas of the map are provided to present a set of easily interpreted outcomes based on the user-defined simulations. Tools are provided to give users varying degrees of control over the granularity of data input and output, allowing for the quick production of a roughly defined simulation, or more precise land-cover models that can be exported for further analysis. Heuristics are used to provide a responsive user interface and performant integration with the database containing the full set of simulation data. This tool is designed to provide user-friendly access to the information on the impacts of land-cover and climate changes on groundwater recharge rates needed to make data-driven decisions.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title The ‘Ike Wai Hawai‘i groundwater recharge tool
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher OSF
Contributing office(s) Pacific Islands Water Science Center
Description 6 p.
Country United States
State Hawaii
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