WATFLOOD: A Real-Time, Microcomputer-Based Data Management and Flood Forecast System

by Nicholas Kouwen, Univ of Waterloo, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


WATFLOOD is a menu-driven micro-computer based flood forecasting system incorporating data management programs to enable real-time use of weather radar for flood forecasting. The main component of the system is a square grid, self calibrating, fully distributed hydrologic simulation model called SIMPLE. The emphasis is placed on a good mathematical representation of the physical processes contributing to flash floods, efficient data processing, and ease of use. The programming for inputting streamflow, gage rainfall, and reservoir releases use a spreadsheet format for data input.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Floods | Computer models | Hydrologic models | Information management | Weather forecasting | Computer analysis | Grid systems

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