Water Science and Engineering 2010, 3(1) 14-22 DOI:   10.3882/j.issn.1674-2370.2010.01.002  ISSN: 1674-2370 CN: 32-1785/TV

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hydrologic model
catchment delineation
terrain pre-processing
Misai Catchment
Wan’an Catchment
Article by James,O.O
Article by Zhi-jia,.L

Application of HEC-HMS for flood forecasting in Misai and Wan’an catchments in China

James  OlocheOLEYIBLO, Zhi-jia LI

College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, P. R. China


The hydrologic model HEC-HMS (Hydrologic Engineering Center, Hydrologic Modeling System), used in combination with the Geospatial Hydrologic Modeling Extension, HEC-GeoHMS, is not a site-specific hydrologic model. Although China has seen the applications of many hydrologic and hydraulic models, HEC-HMS is seldom applied in China, and where it is applied, it is not applied holistically. This paper presents a holistic application of HEC-HMS. Its applicability, capability and suitability for flood forecasting in catchments were examined. The DEMs (digital elevation models) of the study areas were processed using HEC-GeoHMS, an ArcView GIS extension for catchment delineation, terrain pre-processing, and basin processing. The model was calibrated and verified using historical observed data. The determination coefficients and coefficients of agreement for all the flood events were above 0.9, and the relative errors in peak discharges were all within the acceptable range.

Keywords hydrologic model   HEC-HMS   catchment delineation   DEM   terrain pre-processing   Misai Catchment   Wan’an Catchment  
Received 2010-04-01 Revised  Online: 2010-04-02 
DOI: 10.3882/j.issn.1674-2370.2010.01.002
Corresponding Authors: James Oloche OLEYIBLO
Email: evangjamesa1@gmail.com
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