Visualization of groundwater withdrawals

Open-File Report 2017-1137
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Generating an informative display of groundwater withdrawals can sometimes be difficult because the symbols for closely spaced wells can overlap. An alternative method for displaying groundwater withdrawals is to generate a “footprint” of the withdrawals. WellFootprint version 1.0 implements the Footprint algorithm with two optional variations that can speed up the footprint calculation. ModelMuse has been modified in order to generate the input for WellFootprint and to read and graphically display the output from WellFootprint.

Suggested Citation

Winston, R.B., and Goode, D.J., 2017, Visualization of groundwater withdrawals: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1137, 8 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Description of the Modified Footprint Algorithm
  • Use of ModelMuse With WellFootprint
  • WellFootprint Input File Format 
  • WellFootprint Output File Formats 
  • Discussion 
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Visualization of groundwater withdrawals
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2017-1137
DOI 10.3133/ofr20171137
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Research Program - Eastern Branch
Description Report: vi, 8 p.; Application Site
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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