WMS:WMS Basic Modeling Concepts

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WMS is used primarily to set up and run hydrologic models. Though the software has expanded to provide additional hydraulic and hydrologic tools that engineers will find useful, the original focus of the software remains the same. This section discusses the fundamental concepts upon which WMS is built.

The distinguishing difference between WMS and other similar applications is its ability to manipulate digital terrain data for hydrologic model development within a GIS-based environment. WMS uses three primary data sources for model development:

  1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Vector Data
  2. Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) or Gridded Elevation Sets
  3. Triangulated Irregular Networks (TINs)

Modeling Applications

WMS can be used for a wide range of modeling applications. Some examples of these applications include: