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Kentucky Water Science Center


Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources

WATER is a spatially distributed, object oriented, decision support system that combines the expertise of numerous hydrologists, pedologists, computer scientists, and other discipline experts into a user-friendly computer application for managing water resources. The application is an expandable and flexible platform that allows future modifications or extensions, to be added (the hydrologic model "TOPMODEL" is the first of these); thereby, continually increasing the power and utility of the application. WATER was developed within the USGS Center for Applied Hydrologic Solutions (CAHS).

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WATER Screen Captures

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Related Video

Data from USGS streamflow-gaging stations are used to create, validate, and calibrate hydrologic models used by such applications as WATER. Learn about these streamflow-gaging stations by clicking the play button.

Streamgaging is a role the USGS Water Resources plays in determining the flow and quality of our Nations's waters.

WATER Partner Information

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WATER-Related Publications

new image graphicSignificance of Exchanging SSURGO and STATSGO Data When Modeling Hydrology in Diverse Physiographic Terranes: Soil Science Society of America Journal

Phase II Modification of the Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER) for Kentucky: The Sinkhole-Drainage Process, Point-and-Click Basin Delineation, and Results of Karst Test-Basin Simulations [SIR 2012-5071]

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The Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER): A Water-Budget Modeling Approach for Managing Water-Supply Resources in Kentucky - Phase I: Data Processing, Model Development, and Application to Non-Karst Areas [SIR 2009-5248]

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Overview of the Kentucky WATER Program

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Contact Information

Have a question or comment about WATER? Click the 'Question' button below.


If you have any questions or would like to become a member of the WATER user's group, please email Pete Cinotto at or call the USGS Kentucky Water Science Center at 502-493-1900.

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