Download uWATER–Pumping Assessment
The uWATER–Pumping Assessment (uWATER-PA) is an ArcGIS Explorer plug-in package developed by the Illinois State Water Survey in ArcGIS Explorer Desktop: build 1500 and 1700 versions (free download). This toolkit is an extended uWATER package targeting the specific environmental issue of groundwater pumping impacts. The uWATER-PA package is an excellent alternative to initially assessing complex groundwater pumping impacts before investing significant time, labor, and funds in monitoring and detailed scientific study. It incorporates simulation of the physics of groundwater flow and user interaction into GIS software. A graphical user interface makes both data entry and interpretation of results intuitive to non-technical individuals. Results are presented as colored maps showing well drawdown (change in groundwater level), and these results can be saved in GIS format for future reference.
uWATER-PA adheres to the default vector file (shapefile) developed by the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) as the standard for storing spatial information. The package was coded using Microsoft Visual Basic in Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
uWATER-PA requires the following preinstalled software:
- Operating System: Windows XP - SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
- ArcGIS Explorer Desktop: build 1500 and 1700 (free download)
- .NET Framework 3.5 or later (free download)
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Yang, Y.C. E. and Lin, Y.F. (2011) Feature Article: Making the Results of Analysis Accessible: ArcGIS Explorer plug-in aids natural resources management. ArcUser 14, no. 1: 22 - 25.
Rios, J.F., Ye, M., and Wang, L. (2011) Software Spotlight - uWATER-PA: Ubiquitous WebGIS Analysis Toolkit for Extensive Resources – Pumping Assessment. Ground Water 49, no.6: 776-780. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00872.x
(To view the software license agreement, click "Download uWATER-PA" above.)
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