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The Integration of Network-Based Models for Spill Response and Homeland Security

David E. Amstutz, Rakesh Bahadur, Jonathan M. Pickus, Michael C. Monteith, Jeffrey P. Johnson, Christopher J. Ziemniak, Mondher Chehata, Maria E. Herrera and William B. Samuels


The integration of three hydraulic GIS (Geographic Information System) applications is presented which represent the water infrastructures of cities and urban areas and US streams and rivers. The water infrastructures include drinking water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems and source water. The National Research Council[1] states that problems dealing with the collective behavior of networks such as river systems, water distribution systems and waste water collection systems are complex because they include feedback loops, produce counter-intuitive behaviors and exhibit behaviors that cannot be predicted from the attributes of individual components. A complex system includes all of the above individual components, yet also exhibits emergent collective behavior caused by the interactions among its features. The integration of these applications have been developed for use in planning, response, training and development of monitoring strategies to address potential deliberate or accidental toxic contamination events.

American Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 4 No. 6, 2008, 544-550


Submitted On: 25 January 2008 Published On: 31 December 2008

How to Cite: Amstutz, D. E., Bahadur, R., Pickus, J. M., Monteith, M. C., Johnson, J. P., Ziemniak, C. J., Chehata, M., Herrera, M. E. & Samuels, W. B. (2008). The Integration of Network-Based Models for Spill Response and Homeland Security . American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 4(6), 544-550.

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  • Drinking water distribution
  • waste water collection
  • source water
  • hydraulic modeling