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A GIS-Based Strategy for Managing Levee Simulation Data A GIS-Based Strategy for Managing Levee Simulation Data

by Handy, Jeffrey R

Abstract (Summary)
Understanding and improving the state of the nation’s levees has become a national priority following the devastating events surrounding Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Federal legislation passed in 2007 created a new national Committee on Levee Safety and spurred the development of the National Levee Database, a central repository of information relating to the location and state of levees across the United States (Water Resources Development Act, 2007). One of the major goals in developing such a database is to improve the safety of America’s levees. The National Levee Database, however, does not include features for storing seepage and slope stability data related to numerical analyses of levees. These data are critical in analyzing current levee conditions and predicting future failure scenarios, thus providing a path for further improving the safety of levees.

The Levee Analyst is a new GIS data model and set of geoprocessing tools that make it possible to store and manipulate model data associated with seepage and slope stability analyses. The data model provides a concise structure for storing large amounts of levee seepage and slope stability data and also provides a structure that is expandable and compatible with the National Levee Database. The Levee Analyst combines the capabilities of various software systems in providing a data model and suite of tools that assists in further understanding and analyzing the state of America’s levees.

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School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:levee analyst gis arcgis database arc hydro groundwater

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Date of Publication:07/03/2008

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