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Hydroinformatics Modeling System


The Hydroinformatics Modeling System (hms) is a Java-based modeling framework developed by the Chair of Water Resources Management and Modeling of Hydrosystems, Technische Universität Berlin, since 2004.
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Software architecture


hms is an object-oriented scientific prototyping framework with a flexible and extendible component-based design. Information is stored in layers, whereby each layer represents a different physical process or geospatial data.

The numerics of hms are based on a cell-centered finite volume method. A robust high-order HLLC Riemann solver based scheme is used to solve the governing physical equations (Hou et al. 2013), whereby the main focus is on the depth-averaged shallow water flow and transport (dissolved components, sediments) equations.

Test cases

One-dimensional dam break
Flooding of an idealized urban catchment
Malpasset dam break
Spreading of a tracer in river Spree, Berlin
Rainfall runoff simulation in alpine catchment
Flash floods in El Gouna, Egypt

Tutorial & Exercises

Paper Journal of Hydroinformatics

Simons, Franz and Busse, Tobias and Hou, Jingming and Özgen, Ilhan and Hinkelmann, Reinhard (2013). A model for overland flow and associated processes within the Hydroinformatics Modelling System. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 375-391.

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