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GIS files required to run the Groundwater Nitrate Decision Support Tool for Wisconsin

April 18, 2024

A Groundwater Nitrate Decision Support Tool (GW-NDST) for wells in Wisconsin was developed to assist resource managers with assessing how legacy and possible future nitrate leaching rates, combined with groundwater lag times and potential denitrification, influence nitrate concentrations in wells (Juckem et al. 2024). The GW-NDST relies on several support models, including machine-learning models that require numerous GIS input files. This data release contains all GIS files required to run the GW-NDST and its machine-learning support models. The GIS files are packaged into three ZIP files (,, and which are contained in this data release. Before running the GW-NDST, these ZIP files need to be downloaded and unzipped inside the "data_in/GIS/" subdirectory of the GW-NDST. The GW-NDST can be downloaded from the official software release (version 1.1.0) on GitLab ( Further instructions for running the GW-NDST, and for acquiring requisite files, can be found in the software's readme file.

This information is preliminary or provisional and is subject to revision. It is being provided to meet the need for timely best science. The information has not received final approval by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and is provided on the condition that neither the USGS nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the information.

Publication Year 2024
Title GIS files required to run the Groundwater Nitrate Decision Support Tool for Wisconsin
DOI 10.5066/P9Q1X606
Authors Nicholas T Corson-Dosch, Paul F Juckem
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog