|Vieira, Dalmo - UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI|
Submitted to: Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 19, 1998
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: A watershed modeling scheme has been developed in conjunction with a user-friendly, graphical interface to allow automated data entry and visualization of simulation results. The integration of many different watershed modeling tools are needed for effective long-term evaluations of erosion control practices installed within fields and channels. The interface developed provides an efficient data entry mechanism for the terrain analysis, watershed, channel hydrodynamics and morphology models used in the watershed analysis. The interface increases the efficiency of developing the necessary databases for model use by reducing the labor needed for model database development and eliminating errors produced by manual entry of data. Complex watershed systems are increasingly being evaluated for effective erosion control measures to improve the water quality of the system. USDA-NRCS personnel and other watershed managers need tools, such as developed in this project, to manage the enormous model data requirements and provide a simple interpretation of the results.
Technical Abstract: FRAME (Fluvial Routing Analysis and Modeling Environment) is a software package to simulate watershed, channel flow and sediment transport processes. FRAME combines several component programs into a single package, creating an integrated modeling environment. FRAME manages all the computer programs of the watershed simulation, controlling their execution according to user input. FRAME facilitates the use of the modeling system by providing a context sensitive Graphical User Interface (GUI), and by performing automatic data format conversions and consistency checks. FRAME is a tool for personnel in federal action agencies, such as USDA-NRCS and USCOE, to perform long-term evaluations of runoff and erosion control management practices on ungaged watersheds. Effective planning can produce efficient designs to reduce project costs and total watershed sediment yield, thus improving water quality.