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Cost effective stream-gaging strategies for the Lower Colorado River basin; the Blythe field office operations

Open-File Report 80-1048

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Abstract

This report describes the theoretical developments and illustrates the applications of techniques that recently have been assembled to analyze the cost-effectiveness of federally funded stream-gaging activities in support of the Colorado River compact and subsequent adjudications. The cost effectiveness of 19 stream gages in terms of minimizing the sum of the variances of the errors of estimation of annual mean discharge is explored by means of a sequential-search optimization scheme. The search is conducted over a set of decision variables that describes the number of times that each gaging route is traveled in a year. A gage route is defined as the most expeditious circuit that is made from a field office to visit one or more stream gages and return to the office. The error variance is defined as a function of the frequency of visits to a gage by using optimal estimation theory. Currently a minimum of 12 visits per year is made to any gage. By changing to a six-visit minimum, the same total error variance can be attained for the 19 stations with a budget of 10% less than the current one. Other strategies are also explored. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Cost effective stream-gaging strategies for the Lower Colorado River basin; the Blythe field office operations
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
80-1048
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1980
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
xvi, 128 p. ill. ;28 cm.