Development of Groundwater Levels Dataset for Chile since 1970

Héctor Leopoldo Venegas-Quiñones, Rodrigo Valdés-Pineda, Pablo García-Chevesich, Juan B Valdes, Hoshin V. Gupta, Martha P.L. Whitaker, Ty P.A. Ferré

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Access to accurate spatio-temporal groundwater level data is crucial for sustainable water management in Chile. Despite this importance, a lack of unified, quality-controlled datasets have hindered large-scale groundwater studies. Our objective was to establish a comprehensive, reliable nationwide groundwater dataset. We curated over 120,000 records from 640 wells, spanning 1970-2021, provided by the General Water Resources Directorate. One notable enhancement to our dataset is the incorporation of elevation data. This addition allows for a more comprehensive estimation of groundwater elevation. Rigorous data quality analysis was executed through a classification scheme applied to raw groundwater level records. This resource is invaluable for researchers, decision-makers, and stakeholders, offering insights into groundwater trends to support informed, sustainable water management. Our study bridges a crucial gap by providing a dependable dataset for expansive studies, aiding water management strategies in Chile.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalScientific Data
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Library and Information Sciences


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