Articles | Volume 21, issue 9
Research article
29 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 29 Sep 2017

Consistent initial conditions for the Saint-Venant equations in river network modeling

Cheng-Wei Yu, Frank Liu, and Ben R. Hodges

Data sets

SPRNT: a river dynamics simulator F. Liu

Test cases and files for scalability, Waller Creek, San Antonio and Guadalupe River network Texas ScholarWorks

Short summary
This research proposes a new method for determining efficient and effective synthetic initial conditions for an unsteady model using the Saint-Venant equations for a large river network. The proposed method increases the efficiency of initial condition convergence up to 3700 times. This can not only help the hydrology research move from empirically based to mechanistic-based models for large river networks but also provide a computationally effective approach for initial conditions for modelers.