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Lake Houston (Texas) EFDC hydrodynamic model for water-surface elevation and specific conductance simulations, 2009-2017


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Smith, E.A., 2019, Lake Houston (Texas) EFDC hydrodynamic model for water-surface elevation and specific conductance simulations, 2009-2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in a partnership with ExxonMobil Corporation, developed an updated Lake Houston EFDC model for predicting water-surface elevation, residence time, water temperature, and salinity. With a focus on salinity and water-surface elevations, the updated model simulated conditions from 2009-2017 with additional flow to simulate the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer under three different flow scenarios. One of the primary partnership goals was to understand the impact of the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer on salinity. The original model was developed and calibrated by using 2009 data and validated by using 2010 data, whereas the enhanced model (baseline model) of this project was calibrated for the years 2009 [...]


Point of Contact :
Erik A Smith
Originator :
Erik A Smith
Metadata Contact :
Erik A Smith
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Texas Water Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources

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modelgeoref.txt 602 Bytes
Thumbnail.jpg thumbnail 248.75 KB
“Figures with README file”
1.99 MB

“Complete Scenario 1 package”
1.78 GB

“Complete Scenario 2 package”
1.79 GB

“Complete Scenario 2A package”
1.79 GB

“Complete Calibrated Baseline model archive”
1.79 GB
“README file”
16.42 KB
Original FGDC Metadata

13.95 KB

Material Request Instructions

This model requires at least the demo version of EFDC_Explorer from Dynamic Solutions, International. EFDC_Explorer falls within the EE Modeling System; the demo version can be downloaded directly from the EE Modeling System webpage:


This model was created to simulate water-surface elevations, water temperature, and salinities for Lake Houston, Texas. The enhancements to the original Lake Houston EFDC (Rendon and Lee, 2015) are documented in the Texas Water Journal article.
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DOI doi:10.5066/P9AVUJ73

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