What is BDWS?¶
Beaver Dam Water Storage (BDWS) is a collection of Python classes for estimating surface water and groundwater stored
by beaver dams. BDWS uses beaver dam capacity estimates from the Beaver Restoration Assesment Tool
(BRAT) to place beaver dams along stream reaches, flow direction algebra to determine the area
inundated by a dam, and MODFLOW-2005 to model potential changes to
groundwater tables from beaver dam construction. BDWS is comprised of three classes.
BDLoG (Beaver Dam Location
Generator), which generates beaver dam locations along a stream network using BRAT outputs.
BDSWEA (Beaver Dam
Surface Water Estimation Algorithm), which estimates the amount of water a beaver dam of a given height at a given
location could potentially store.
BDflopy (Beaver Dam flopy), which uses the existing
FloPy python module to automatically parameterize and run MODFLOW-2005 to
estimate changes to groundwater storage resulting from beaver dam construction.
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