Real-Time Precipitation-Snowmelt Model for the Monongahela River Basin

by Daniel H. Hoggan, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
John C. Peters, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Werner Loehlein, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The Pittsburgh District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, is responsible for operating two multipurpose reservoirs in the 7400 square mile Monongahela Basin, which is located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Operation of a third reservoir, which is presently under construction, will soon be required. The real time forecasting of runoff for operational purposes requires simulation of snow accumulation and snowmelt throughout the Basin. This paper describes capabilities of a recently developed model, SNOSIM, for performing such simulation. The application of this model as part of a comprehensive system of water control software, and some initial simulation results, are presented. Refs.

Subject Headings: Precipitation | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Basins | Mathematical models | Simulation models | Control systems | Reservoirs | Pittsburgh | West Virginia | Maryland | Pennsylvania | United States

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