Use of Models in Water Resource Systems: CRSS Experience

by Azad Mohammadi, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,
Darrell G. Fontane, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,
Donald K. Frevert, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,
R. Wayne Cheney, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources

Abstract: The Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS) is an in-house governmental computer-based model designed to be used as a decision support tool in performing long and mid range planning and operational studies of the Colorado River Basin. The primary objectives of this paper are to provide information on the actual use of the CRSS and identify the key factors which have contributed to the extensive and effective use of the CRSS in supporting the planning and operational decision making process. It is concluded that among many other factors, the 'institutional setting' in which the CRSS was developed, used, and maintained has greatly influenced the success of the model.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Hydrologic models | Model analysis | Decision support systems | Computer models | River systems | Simulation models | Rivers and streams | Colorado River

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