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Global Aquifer Database

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- Global Aquifer Database -
Consulted literature sources and steps applied to delineate groundwater aquifer boundaries are described in the following publications: (i) Jasechko, S. Seybold, H.S., Perrone, D., Fan, Y., Shamsudduha, M., Taylor, R.G., Fallatah, O., Kirchner, J.W. Rapid groundwater decline and some cases of recovery in aquifers globally. Nature, (2024). and/or (ii) GebreEgziabher, M., Jasechko, S., Perrone, D. (2022). Widespread and increased drilling of wells into fossil aquifers in the USA. Nature Communications 13, 2129 (2022).

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant nos. EAR-2048227 and EAR-2234213. This research was supported by funding from the Zegar Family Foundation. This material is based on work supported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) through the California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) under grant/cooperative agreement no. G21AP10611-00. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the USGS/CIWR. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the USGS/CIWR. R.G.T. acknowledges the support of a fellowship (ref. 7040464) from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research under the Earth 4D programme. S.J. acknowledges the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve ( ), the Point Conception Institute and the Nature Conservancy for their support of this research.

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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Funding Agencies

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation CAREER: How streamflow ages vary downstream along river courses EAR-2048227
Zegar Family Foundation
National Science Foundation CAREER: A convergent and transformative approach to understanding human access to groundwater and its impact on the hydrological cycle EAR-2234213
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Earth 4D programme 7040464

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Jasechko, S. (2023). Global Aquifer Database, HydroShare,

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