A Review of Modeling and Analysis Approaches for Optimization of Reservoir System Operations

by Ralph A. Wurbs, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: Numerous mathematical models have been developed for sizing reservoir storage capacities and establishing operating policies during project planning, for reevaluating the operating policies of existing projects, and for supporting release decisions during real-time operations. A literature-review-based assessment of the state-of-the-art of modeling and analysis approaches for evaluating multiple-purpose reservoir system operations is documented by Wurbs (1991). A broad range of modeling and analysis methods are covered in this report, including traditional approaches used by the water resources development agencies and other techniques emphasized in the research literature. The present paper is based on summarizing portions of this report. Reservoir system analysis techniques are categorized and compared from a general overview perspective.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Hydrologic models | Water resources | System analysis | Optimization models | Model analysis | Mathematical models | Mathematics

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