Use of the MODFLOW 6 water mover package to represent natural and managed hydrologic connections

Groundwater
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Abstract

The latest release of MODFLOW 6, the current core version of the MODFLOW groundwater modeling software, debuted a new package dubbed the “mover” (MVR). Using a generalized approach, MVR facilitates the transfer of water among any arbitrary combination of simulated features (i.e., pumping wells, stream, drains, lakes, etc.) within a MODFLOW 6 simulation. Four “rules” controlling the amount of water transferred from a providing feature to a receiving feature are currently available. In this way, MVR can represent natural connections between features, for example streams entering or exiting lakes, and perhaps more interestingly, it also can transfer water among simulated features to more accurately simulate water management. An example model representative of an agricultural setting demonstrates some of the available MVR connections. For example, an irrigation event that transfers surface water from an irrigation delivery ditch to multiple cropped areas demonstrates a “one-to-many” connection that is possible within MVR. Conversely, irrigation or precipitation runoff from multiple fields may be routed to a particular stream segment using “many-to-one” MVR connections. MVR supports many additional connection types, several of which are demonstrated by the included example problem.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Use of the MODFLOW 6 water mover package to represent natural and managed hydrologic connections
Series title Groundwater
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/gwat.13117
Edition Online First
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Nevada Water Science Center
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