Abstract The Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) recognized deficiencies in the present system of hydrologic modeling used by state agencies and subsequently funded a study to look at the feasibility of establishing a model library. This study was intended to develop/research alternatives to the current state system of water resource modeling. The results of this study indicate that there are numerous models available to perform studies required by the WWDC and other state agencies in the Water Resources area. Analysis into the standardization of models for future water resources (hydrologic) studies found that the following items were important:
Economic considerations encourage the establishment of more cost-effective alternative models to the present system being used by the WWDC, other state agencies; and departments within the University of Wyoming. Increasingly more costly software requires the users of software at the state level to utilize the more desirable water resources models.
Before further analysis into the standardization of models for future water resources (hydrologic) studies is performed, the items listed in this section are recommended. First, an updated list of models currently owned or used by the state should be developed in greater detail than was accomplished by the methods used in this study. This survey would decrease the potential of duplication and increase the inquiry into which models are used. Second, the extent of use and usefulness of each model should be analyzed to better select those models to be standardized. Third, the listing of available documentation for each model will better assess the establishing of criteria for use, capabilities, and limitations of each model owned. This in turn will allow for the selection of appropriate models to be standardized and researched. Next, the identification of specific needs of each state agency is necessary to adequately meet the needs of all users. Furthermore, it is also recommended that microcomputer systems compatible for use with the models deemed most valuable to the WWDC and other state agencies be purchased by the state agencies so that the models can be utilized.
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