Date of Degree

2011

Document Type

Master's thesis

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Larry J. Weber

Second Advisor

Nathan C. Young

Abstract

Currently the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) of the University of Iowa is working in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to create statewide floodplain maps. The IFC has set up a four year plan to construct flood inundation maps for 85 of the 99 counties within the state of Iowa, with the final goal of creating maps acceptable by FEMA. High resolution statewide LiDAR information provides a base dataset from which floodplain maps are produced. Stream centerline data is extracted from a DEM produced by the LiDAR dataset. The centerline information is used in both this project and as a replacement for the USGS NHD streamline for the state. Stream flow estimation for a range of annual exceedance discharges are produced through a USGS recommended combination of regional regression analysis weighted by gage influence. Water surface elevations are produced for each of the annual exceedance discharges through the use of a HEC-RAS one dimensional steady flow model. Flood boundaries are the final product created by HEC-GeoRAS though a comparison of a TIN produced from the water surface elevations and the ground surface DEM. Final FEMA acceptable DFIRM's are produce by the IDNR and submitted to FEMA for adoption into the NFIP.

Pages

xi, 144

Bibliography

142-144

Copyright

Copyright 2011 Nicholas Wayne Thomas