The Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center


The Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center (IGWMC) is an internationally oriented information, education, and research center for groundwater modeling. The IGWMC advises on groundwater modeling problems, distributes groundwater modeling software, organizes short courses, workshops and conferences, and conducts research in practical, applied areas of groundwater hydrology and modeling. Our researchers and colleagues provide technical assistance on problems related to groundwater modeling, develop hydrologically-oriented classroom content, and are active in groundwater education in the community. As a focal point for groundwater professionals, the Center supports and advances the appropriate use of quality-assured models in groundwater resources protection and management.

History & Mission

The International Ground Water Modeling Center (IGWMC) was established in 1978 at the Holcomb Research Institute of Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. In 1991, the IGWMC was relocated and became part of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Golden, Colorado. As of July 1, 2011 the center name has changed to Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center. The name change is due to the significant expansion of our research activities. It is currently operated as a research center in CSM’s Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.

The mission of the Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center is to stimulate the correct and efficient use of simulation models and related computer-based support technology in the management and protection of groundwater resources; train groundwater professionals by involving them in this endeavor; and facilitate communication and interaction of groundwater professionals on modeling issues. To this end, IGWMC conducts activities related to groundwater modeling methodologies, software, and management including: information dissemination through the WWW, mail, and workshops development of educational materials and courses; research on modeling methodology and functionality; development and testing of software; distribution and support of software; organization of conferences.