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Published in Hydraulic Engineering: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions: Proceedings of the Hydraulic Engineering sessions at Water Forum ’92. Baltimore, Maryland, August 2–6, 1992. Published by American Society of Civil Engineers.


A one-dimensional, unsteady-flow model was calibrated, validated, and tested for a 30.4-mile reach of the tidally affected Roanoke River, North Carolina. The model includes a storage reservoir to represent the two-dimensional processes associated with flood-plain storage and release in the one-dimensional flow model. Simulated and measured water levels differed by less than 0.5 foot, and the average absolute difference between simulated and measured flows was 7 percent.