A Three-Dimensional Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Coupled Geographical Information System

by Mark Reed, Applied Science Associates Inc, Narragansett, United States,
Deborah French, Applied Science Associates Inc, Narragansett, United States,
Shih-Shing Feng, Applied Science Associates Inc, Narragansett, United States,
Will Knauss, Applied Science Associates Inc, Narragansett, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: A numerical model for natural resource damage assessments is discussed. The model addresses a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. The transport equations for both pollutant and biota are solved with a three-dimensional Lagrangian particle methodology. The model can simulate continuous releases of a contaminant, with representation of complex coastal boundaries, variable bathymetry, multiple shoreline types, and spatially variable ecosystem habitats. A graphic interface gives the user complete and facile control of the dynamic transport and biological submodels, as well as the ability to display elements of the underlying geographical information system (GIS) data base. The model is being implemented on a 386 PC.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Natural resources | Pollutants | Numerical models | Graphic methods | Mapping | Water pollution

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