GIS Visualization Techniques in Surface Water Resource Planning

by Lynn E. Johnson, Univ Colorado at Denver, Denver, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: Geographic information system (GIS) computer graphic displays of surface water resource conditions provides a means for valuation-by-visualization (VBV) of alternate plans. GIS display techniques are used for target setting, color-coded animated displays of reservoir levels and water quality, and terrestrial habitat conditions obtainable with alternate reservoir operating policies. Application of the VBV approach is demonstrated for several reservoirs in Colorado, each of which has historically been operated only for irrigation but which are now being considered for expanded multiple-purpose uses for recreation and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Water resources | Reservoirs | Imaging techniques | Surface water | Information systems | Graphic methods | Aquatic habitats | Water quality | Computer software | North America | Colorado | United States

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