Interactive Tool to Estimate Groundwater Elevations in Central and Eastern North Dakota

Open-File Report 2018-1185
Prepared in cooperation with Natural Resources Conservation Service
By: , and 

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Abstract

This report describes an interactive tool (NDakGWtool) in which a statistical model is developed using locally weighted regression to estimate monthly mean groundwater elevations for a specified latitude and longitude, referred to as the “user-specified location.” For each user-specified location, seven models are developed for each month from April through October. Localized, high spatial-resolution maps of estimated monthly mean groundwater surface elevations are produced from the models. The tool was evaluated for glacial drift aquifers of the 32-county study area in central and eastern North Dakota. Although groundwater elevations from 1960 to 2017 were available to develop the tool, groundwater elevations from 1995 to 2015 were used for model testing and development of the model domain. There are 413 grid cells of 0.1-degree latitude by 0.1-degree longitude size in the model domain, and the tool produces maps of estimated monthly mean groundwater surface elevations for the cell containing the user-specified location. Additionally, the NDakGWtool produces maps of estimated groundwater depth below land surface and ArcGIS files of estimated groundwater surface elevations and groundwater depth below land surface. The tool is composed of four main components: data input, statistical model, output, and user-interactive process.

Suggested Citation

Nustad, R.A., Damschen, W.C., and Vecchia, A.V., 2018, Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1185, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181185.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Development of Interactive Tool to Estimate Groundwater Elevations
  • Use of the Interactive Tool
  • References Cited
  • Appendix. R Documentation

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2018-1185
DOI 10.3133/ofr20181185
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Dakota Water Science Center
Description Report: vi, 24; Appendix
Country United States
State North Dakota
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y