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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 9/10
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XVII.1

Computer Modelling of a Hydrological Forecasting System for Catchment Areas

D.A. Fernando* and K.S. Fernando+

*Trafalgar House Technology Ltd., Croydon, Surrey
+London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
D.A. Fernando, K.S. Fernando, "Computer Modelling of a Hydrological Forecasting System for Catchment Areas", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 185-195, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.17.1
Abstract
At present the flood warning systems that exist are inadequate. This inadequacy results in loss of lives and property resulting in high costs to the tax payer, specially in urban areas. Due to these reasons it was deemed necessary to formulate real-time hydrological forecasting model to alleviate these problems. Formulation was undertaken after considering the following:
  1. Inadequacies of the present flood warning system,
  2. Usefulness of the radar technique of precipitation prediction,
  3. Parameters required for flood forecasting,
  4. Existing hydrological conditions within a catchment (used to test the model).
The aims of the paper is to report the computer modelling philosophy that was implemented and the results of the model prediction, compared with the observed data.

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