Integration of USEPA WASP Model in a GIS Platform

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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A




The integration of water quality analysis simulation program (WASP) with a geographical information system (GIS) is presented. This integration was undertaken to enhance the data analysis and management ability of the widely used water quality model. Different types of data involved in WASP modeling were converted and integrated into GIS using a database method. The spatial data modeling and analysis capability of GIS were used in the operation of the model. The WASP water quality model was coupled with the environmental fluid dynamics code (EFDC) hydrodynamic model. A case study of the Lower Charles River Basin (Massachusetts, USA) water quality model system was conducted to demonstrate the integration process. The results showed that high efficiency of the data process and powerful function of data analysis could be achieved in the integrated model, which would significantly improve the application of WASP model in water quality management.