Modeling Unsteady Flows in Large Basins: The Santa Cruz Experience

by V. Miguel Ponce, San Diego State Univ, San Diego, CA, USA,
Zbig Osmolski, San Diego State Univ, San Diego, CA, USA,
Dave Smutzer, San Diego State Univ, San Diego, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


A case study modeling unsteady flows in a 3,500-square mile basin in the semiarid Southwest has been performed. The evaluation uses novel techniques of mathematical modeling in a data-intensive computational environment to calculate frequency-based flows at specific locations. A computer model capable of simultaneously handling the complex topology of the entire basin is driven by 100-year frequency rainfall events of 24, 48 and 96-hour durations.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Fluid flow | River flow | Water flow | Computer analysis | Computer models | Case studies | Arid lands | Arizona | United States

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