PUBLICATIONS--TWRI, Book 7, Chapter C3, "A Model for Simulation of Flow in Singular and Interconnected Channels,"

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EGS-Mail Stop 415                                           October 8, 1981


Subject:  PUBLICATIONS--TWRI, Book 7, Chapter C3, "A Model for Simulation of
                        Flow in Singular and Interconnected Channels," by
                        R. W. Schaffranek, R. A. Baltzer, and D. E. Goldberg

Attached is a copy of the most recent chapter addition to the report series,
Techniques of Water Resources Investigations (TWRI).  This TWRI presents a
digital-computer model for simulating one-dimensional flows occurring in a single
reach of river channel or throughout a complex system of simply or multiply con-
nected channels that are governed by time-dependent forcing functions and other
boundary conditions.  The report describes a model that is broadly applicable to
a wide range of hydrologic conditions and field situations.  While offering a
thorough technical treatment of the model, the report is written in the style of
a user's manual and is complete with several examples of actual implementation
including one data set sufficient to permit trial utilization of the model.  The
model can be utilized for special-purpose, short-term simulations using card-input
data, but is also fully supported by a disc-oriented, storage-and-retrieval system
for conducting routine, longer-term discharge computations.  In either mode the
model provides the user with an array of optional graphical output capabilities.

The model is a powerful, more accurate alternative to stage-fall or other slope-
type rating techniques.  It is particularly appropriate and cost effective for
assessing flows in regulated rivers or in rivers where backwater effects are
prevalent.  As illustrative examples in the report show, the model is well suited
for such diverse applications as singular upland river reaches in which unsteady
flow results from hydropower regulations, coastal rivers composed of sequentially
connected reaches subject to unsteady, tide-driven flow, and multiply connected
networks of channels wherein flow may be governed by wind tides and seiches.

Several new features, changes, and additional capabilities have been incorporated
in the branch-network flow model during the months that the TWRI was in press.
These are identified and documented in the attached memorandum from the authors.

Please bring this TWRI to the attention of those personnel in your office who
could possibly be involved in such surface-water flow assessments.

                                       Marshall E. Moss
                                       Acting Chief, Surface Water Branch

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