Request for comments on User Requirements for Watershed and River Basin Modeling Software

In Reply Refer To:                               December 30, 1993
Mail Stop 415



OFFICE OF SURFACE WATER TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM NO. 94.02

Subject:  Request for comments on User Requirements for Watershed
          and River Basin Modeling Software

A Basin Modeling Action Team (BMAT) has been created to focus and 
direct Water Resources Division (WRD) efforts concerning watershed 
and river basin modeling.  This team is charged with reviewing 
policy regarding documentation and use of watershed and river 
basin models and modeling systems, establishing software 
requirements for these models and modeling systems, and 
coordinating software development efforts.

The team has met twice and has decided an early priority is to 
obtain comments on user requirements for a watershed and river 
basin modeling system.  System development will be based on user 
feedback and needs.

The team is actively soliciting input from users of watershed and 
river basin models to help guide the development effort.  This is 
an opportunity for District, National Research Program, and other 
Division personnel to provide input to future development efforts.  
Responses can be from either general or specific perspectives, 
including a general description of what a new modeling system 
should be able to do, what types of questions should be answered 
(particularly questions that can not be addressed with existing 
software), or specifics about what modules, algorithms, 
interfaces, or analysis tools should be included in a modeling 
system.

The attached draft "Software Requirements for a Basin Modeling 
System" provides information about the current thinking of the 
team and gives several examples of different types of basin 
modeling uses.  Recipients of this memorandum are requested to 
circulate the draft "Software Requirements for a Basin Modeling 
System" widely throughout their respective units.  The team 
welcomes all comments which need not be constrained by the format 
or content of the requirements document.

Please send responses to Lehn Franke, (OLFRANKE), WRD, Mail 
StopJ415, Lakewood, Colorado by February 1, 1994.




                                  Charles W. Boning, Chief
                                  Office of Surface Water

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