Groundwater Models In the SGMA Context


Photo Credit: 
John Chacon, DWR


Groundwater models are representations of a physical system. They can be used by groundwater managers to estimate a basin’s water budget, sustainable yield, recharge rate, or other variables. Additionally, depending on how they are developed, they can be used to make predictions about the impact of different management actions or scenarios over time. Given these functions, as well as the 50-year planning horizon designated under SGMA, groundwater models are likely to be used by local and state agencies to meet groundwater management requirements under the legislation for a variety of applications.

This workshop focused on groundwater model development during SGMA implementation. Held in November 2015, workshop participants discussed model use, key data uncertainties and stakeholder involvement in the modeling process. 

This workshop is part of the Groundwater Data Workshop Series.