Representing river system behaviour in UML to enhance development of DSS


Janssen, J.A.E.B. and Dokas, Ioannis M. (2008) Representing river system behaviour in UML to enhance development of DSS. In: iEMSs 4th Biennial Meeting, International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Integrating Sciences and Information Technology for Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, July 7-10, 2008, Barcelona, Spain (pp. pp. 598-605).

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Abstract:Water management decisions often have far reaching consequences for the every
day life of the inhabitants of a river basin. To take these consequences into account during decision making processes, we aim to develop a software tool that can indicate the expected effects of different management strategies on a number of river functions. This requires knowledge domain representation that fits the perception of stakeholders, and at the same time provides a starting point for modelling. We found that UML provides a language that on the one hand facilitates the communication and is intuitively understood, and on the other hand provides a high level of consistency as well as decomposition into elements that can easily be modelled. Moreover, UML provides the space required to deal with both quantitative and qualitative information, which is desirable to incorporate knowledge of different scientific fields / disciplines.
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