Geodatabases in design: a floodplain analysis of Little Kitten Creek
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
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.
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