A Real Time River Flow Forecasting System

  • P. J. Wolfenden
  • J. R. Douglas
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This paper describes the design and operation of a real time river flow forecasting system developed by Severn-Trent Water Authority. Although the overall system is outlined, emphasis is placed on the software developed and implemented on an IBM Series/1 minicomputer.

Objectives realised in the design of the software were twofold. Firstly, the controlling software offers facilities such as the real time acquisition of hydrometric data and co-ordination of all system action and interaction between users internal to and remote from flow forecasting centres. Secondly, application based software has been established, the main emphasis of which has been to apply conceptual and mathematical models in order that timing and severity of flood conditions may be predicted. Forecasts of future river conditions are produced routinely for a large number of sites throughout the basins of the Severn and Trent.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Wolfenden
    • 1
  • J. R. Douglas
    • 2
  1. 1.Systems Designer, Data Processing DepartmentSevern Trent Water AuthorityBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Area Hydrologist, Severn Area Resources UnitSevern Trent Water AuthorityBirminghamUK

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