Geodatabases in design: a floodplain analysis of Little Kitten Creek

by Castle, Eric E.

Abstract (Summary)
This study is an integration of GIS, the Arc Hydro data model and tools, and

hydrologic models to solve land use planning issues in the Little Kitten Creek

watershed, Riley County, Kansas. Every day designers plan and design in watersheds.

These designs alter the land use cover and change the hydrologic regime. Generally

the design and development process does not consider upstream/downstream impacts

on water quality and quantity. As a result development often increases flooding and

water pollution.

With the advent of the geodatabase, and the Arc Hydro geodatabase data model,

designers have a flexible new tool for rapid simulation of a watershed. Arc Hydro allows

the incorporation of traditional hydrologic data into linked modeling software together

enabling users a “one-stop” approach for assimilating and modeling water resource

systems. Once hydrologic data is in the Arc Hydro format it can be incorporated into

assessment models, such as the Map to Map model.

This case study assessed the floodplain analysis capabilities of the Map to Map

model in the Little Kitten Creek (HUC 14) watershed. Steps to accomplish this goal

were: data collection (digital and field surveys) and processing, geodatabase

construction, linking the geodatabase with hydrologic modeling programs and, analysis

of land uses within the watershed using the Map to Map model with the intent to

produce flood maps based on land use changes.

Bibliographical Information:


School:Kansas State University

School Location:USA - Kansas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:arc hydro flood plain analysis map to landscape architecture hydrology 0388 0390 urban and regional planning 0999


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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