Regional Groundwater Modeling with MODFLOW and Model Muse

Groundwater modelling can be done on multiple temporal and spatial scales, from a laboratory setup to a complete basin, from steady-state to thousands of years. Each modelling requirement has a specific discretization and boundary condition setup. This tutorial is about a regional groundwater modelling example on a andean basin on steady state conditions, the tutorial covers the whole set of modelling steps as grid generation and elevation import as well as the model simulation and result evaluation. Numerical modelling was done in open source software as MODFLOW with Model Muse, both developed by the USGS. 



The video will include the following tasks:

  • Grid generation from shapefiles
  • Aquifer and boundary condition conceptualization
  • Hydrogeologic units parametrization by shapefile
  • Import elevation from a AsterDEM
  • Recharge determination from precipitation rasters
  • Wetlands assessment form satellite images and model hydraulic heads
  • Groundwater water balance analysis
  • The agenda is interesting and applied for the study of groundwater at basin scale.



This video is from intermediate level, there are some requirements to the participants:

Have installed MODFLOW with MODEL MUSE. Here is a link with instructions:

Do the following tutorials:

And review the Model Muse videos from Richard Winston:


Required Data

Download the required data from this link:



Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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