RSS: A Construction Kit for Visual Programming of River Basin Models

by Rene Reitsma, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Andy Sautins, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Steve Wehrend, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation

Abstract: With the ever increasing pressure on environmental resources, there exists strong interest in river basin models which can be used to simulate proposed policy alternatives. Traditionally, the development of these models has been a time consuming and expensive endeavour. In addition, these models have typically addressed a limited range of problems and were often not readily extensible. Combining an object-oriented network representation of river basins with principles of visual programming, however, allows for the rapid construction of modifiable river simulation models. RSS is a construction kit for the visual programming of river basin models. It provides the basic tools necessary to construct a variety of river basin models from a set of primitive water and information objects. These objects can be linked together to form a network which models a desired river basin. In addition, these objects can contain data and/or methods for determining their behavior as they interact with objects to which they are connected.

Subject Headings: Simulation models | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Computer programming | Basins | Computer models | Construction management | Mathematical models

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