Real-Time Hydrologic Modeling

by Stanley M. Wisbith, US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV, USA,
Karen V. Miller, US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


The Huntington District of the Corps of Engineers is currently using daily computer modeling for guidance in regulating all nine of its major river basins. Both pool elevation and flow forecasts are generated by using simulated run-off and streamflows combined with observed data. Observed hourly precipitation and streamflow values required for the models are automatically collected from remote data collection platforms (DCP's) via satellite. Initial data screening and conversion is performed by a data conversion program. 'Human' input is required for secondary screening and correction of input data and for estimating a schedule of releases from various dams. If current model results indicate a need, the schedule of releases can be modified, after which the forecasts are re-generated to produce final estimates. Execution of all these processes and the programs necessary to generate the forecasts are coordinated by a model control program.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Data collection | Computer models | Flow simulation | Streamflow | Hydrologic data | Scheduling | Rivers and streams

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