Computer Applications in Water Resource Planning

by Richard M. Males, (A.M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; W. E. Gates and Assoc., 1515 Batavia Pike, Batavia, Ohio 45103,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 53-59

Document Type: Journal Paper


Due to the complexity and inter-disciplinary nature of water resource planning and management, and because many of the problems are site and situation-specific, general-purpose computer programs are less prevalent than in other fields. Much of the work is model oriented, and many tools have been borrowed from related disciplines of hydraulics, hydrology, and environmental engineering. The combination of computerized spatial data management and analytical mathematical modeling appears well-suited to the need for generalized computer tools. Spatial data management involves the computer storage of information such as population, soils, terrain, etc., that is organized and referenced geographically. Analytical mathematical models can operate upon this stored data, as physical or economic/demographic simulations, or as statistical and combinatorial analyses. It is likely that such tools, organized as systems of inter-related models operating upon a data base, will become increasingly popular and important in the near future.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Spatial data | Mathematical models | Computer models | Decision support systems | Information management | Computer software | Resource management

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