Toward improved simulation of river operations through integration with a hydrologic model

Environmental Modelling and Software
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Abstract

Advanced modeling tools are needed for informed water resources planning and management. Two classes of modeling tools are often used to this end–(1) distributed-parameter hydrologic models for quantifying supply and (2) river-operation models for sorting out demands under rule-based systems such as the prior-appropriation doctrine. Within each of these two broad classes of models, there are many software tools that excel at simulating the processes specific to each discipline, but have historically over-simplified, or at worse completely neglected, aspects of the other. As a result, water managers reliant on river-operation models for administering water resources need improved tools for representing spatially and temporally varying groundwater resources in conjunctive-use systems. A new tool is described that improves the representation of groundwater/surface-water (GW-SW) interaction within a river-operations modeling context and, in so doing, advances evaluation of system-wide hydrologic consequences of new or altered management regimes.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Toward improved simulation of river operations through integration with a hydrologic model
Series title Environmental Modelling and Software
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.04.018
Issue 82
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Nevada Water Science Center
Description 20 p.
First page 255
Last page 274
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N