Computer Support for Water Quality Management in San Diego Bay

by A. E. Bale, Univ of California-Davis, Davis, United States,
G. T. Orlob, Univ of California-Davis, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


At present, a variety of computer based systems and techniques, including mathematical models, data bases, information management schemes, statistical analysis packages, and graphical displays support decision makers in their management of water quality issues. A recently developed concept, particularly suited to a future of readily accessible workstations and personal computers, defines a computer aided support system (CASS) in which a combination of these systems and techniques comprises an integrated management package. Such a package may be structured so that the end user and each package component may interact, exchanging data as well as directives. This paper describes the design and application of the San Diego Bay CASS and presents a comparison of management options illustrating its utility.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Computer models | Computer aided operations | Water quality | Information systems | Systems management | Information management | Graphic methods | California | United States

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