Conceptual, as well as operational, aspects need to be taken into account when developing an integrated modelling framework. A set of achievable requirements has been identified which are used to realise a solution that is applied to the modelling of ephemeral flood channels. The solution described provides: (1) a common data repository within which all model run details, scientific data sets and output results reside; (2) the ability to interactively visualise and select suitable data sets from the data repository to configure the model; (3) an interface for mediating the flow of information between model and other applications; and (4) the possibility to allow model functionality and associated data to be made available to the wider scientific community. This is achieved using an object-oriented approach within the Research System Inc. Interactive Data Language (IDL) and the adoption of National Center for Supercomputer Application's HDF as a common file format for modelling scenarios. The paper outlines the development of a class library, EM_HDF, for mediating and facilitating data exchange between the model and its HDF data repository. The developed system is designed to be applicable to a wide range of modelling applications beyond the fluvial model described.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Transactions in GIS|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2000|