for Modeling Hydrologic and Aquatic Systems (CMHAS) is
an interdisciplinary association of faculty, staff and students with
interests in water resources research from various colleges and departments
within the University of South Florida.
CMHAS is a forum for facilitating the interaction of a diverse research
community, with the University's top scientists and engineers working
together to solve practical but often complex water resource problems
requiring interdisciplinary expertise. The Center is presently supported
by the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College
of Engineering at USF. CMHAS is also associated with the USF Water
Institute representing a computational branch focusing on water supply,
natural systems (surface and groundwater) environmental impact assessment
and evaluation of management alternatives.
of the Center is to assist in the solution of water resource problems
for local, state and federal governmental agencies, often working
closely with or directly for private consulting firms with particularly
challenging or specialized investigations. USF Researchers associated
with the Center are constantly studying existing and emerging hydraulic,
hydrologic and water quality models and the physical processes they
are intended to represent; collecting data; and developing,
testing and applying new procedures to solve complex water resource
genesis for this research institute dates back to 1969 when research
faculty at USF began to develop the first mathematical models of Tampa
Bay waterways. Originally directed by Dr. Bernard E. Ross, now Professor
Emeritus, initial funding and technical support were provided by the
U.S. Corps of Engineers. At that time, the models were used as management
tools for evaluating dredge plume impact and circulation studies of
the Bay. Later the models were advanced to include water quality simulation
of shallow estuaries which are typified by the Gulf Coastal system.
Largely due to the early (1970's) and continued service provided to
local and state regulatory agencies, and cooperation with the Tampa
Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC), CMHAS, then called the Center
for Mathematical Models (CMM), was formally established by the State
of Florida at USF in 1974. Research and management focus has progressed
over the years further inland to consider the estuarine system to
include the watershed and groundwater basin and CMHAS research has
been a leader in advancing this concept. Thirty years and untold student
and research man-hours have resulted in a comprehensive state-of-the-art
facility for developing and housing models used for engineering design
and management analysis of coastal, estuarine, inland and upland waterways
involving interdependent hydrologic, hydraulic and aquatic systems.
The CMM, and more recently, the Center for Modeling Hydrologic and
Aquatic Systems (CMHAS), has maintained its directive to provide technical
assistance, complex water resources management modeling capabilities,
education and to serve as a repository of computational models and
data for local, state and federal governmental regulatory agencies,
private consultants and the general public.
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