Documentation of input datasets for the soil-water balance groundwater recharge model of the Upper Colorado River Basin

Open-File Report 2015-1160
Prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation and the USGS Groundwater Resources Program
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Abstract

The Colorado River and its tributaries supply water to more than 35 million people in the United States and 3 million people in Mexico, irrigating more than 4.5 million acres of farmland, and generating about 12 billion kilowatt hours of hydroelectric power annually. The Upper Colorado River Basin, encompassing more than 110,000 square miles (mi2), contains the headwaters of the Colorado River (also known as the River) and is an important source of snowmelt runoff to the River. Groundwater discharge also is an important source of water in the River and its tributaries, with estimates ranging from 21 to 58 percent of streamflow in the upper basin. Planning for the sustainable management of the Colorado River in future climates requires an understanding of the Upper Colorado River Basin groundwater system. This report documents input datasets for a Soil-Water Balance groundwater recharge model that was developed for the Upper Colorado River Basin.

Suggested Citation

Tillman, F.D, 2015, Documentation of input datasets for the soil-water balance groundwater recharge model of the Upper Colorado River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1160, 17 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151160.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Purpose and Scope
  • Description of Study Area
  • Soil-Water Balance Groundwater Recharge Model
  • UCRB SWB Spatially Distributed Datasets
  • UCRB SWB Table Input Datasets
  • Summary
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Documentation of input datasets for the soil-water balance groundwater recharge model of the Upper Colorado River Basin
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2015-1160
DOI 10.3133/ofr20151160
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Arizona Water Science Center
Description v, 17 p.
Country Mexico, United States
State Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Other Geospatial Upper Colorado River Basin
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N