Flood Warning Systems

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


A valuable review of the current state-of-the-art of flood warning systems is represented by the papers on flood warning systems presented at the ASCE Workshop on 'Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers'. The articles address the spectrum of technological and administrative topics relating to use of these new flood warning technologies for community-based decision support. Technical advances in hydrologic data collection, communications, computer processing and modeling, and message dissemination hold promise of increasing lead time during which flood danger and damage reduction actions can be taken. Implementation and maintenance of flood warning systems require that administrative and institutional aspects be addressed. Standards for design, operation and maintenance, and response are called for in order that flood warning system reliability and effectiveness be realized.

Subject Headings: Disaster warning systems | Floods | Decision support systems | Hydrologic models | Computer models | Maintenance | System reliability | Hydrologic data

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