New Directions in Integrated Hydrologic Modeling with GIS

by Mark A. Ross, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,
Patrick D. Tara, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,
Jeffrey Burdge, Univ of South Florida, Tampa, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


In 1988, the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research funded a project to develop an integrated hydrologic model to more adequately represent mine reclamation hydrology. Five years later, what was originally intended for a very specific objective has evolved into the most rigorous implementation of GIS technology in the field of integrated (combined surface water/groundwater systems) hydrologic modeling with potential widespread applications. An example in point is the adaptation of the model by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for western water rights management. What is also apparent is the significant ramifications of this level of modeling, both from a quantitative capability as well as a resource expenditures and commitment standpoint. This paper explores the applications, new contributions, limitations and associated implications for hydrologic modeling facilitated by GIS as exemplified by the FIPR hydrologic model.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Geographic information systems | Computer models | Information systems | Simulation models | Information management | Phosphate | Hydrology | Florida | United States

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