Incorporating GIS Technology in Standard Flood Hydrology Applications

by Mark S. Woodbury, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,
Khalid Jawed, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


The potential for application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to hydrologic analyses has received increasing attention in recent years. Published literature on hydrologic applications of GIS is often of a research nature or is focused on developing models for institutional use in water resource planning and management. This paper describes recent research and development efforts, coupled with opportunities for application on current consulting projects, in which commercially available GIS software has been applied in design flood studies. Applications include probable maximum precipitation estimation, retention loss estimation, and unit hydrograph parameters.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Geographic information systems | Floods | Hydrology | Information management | Systems management | Information systems | Water resources

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