The Law of the River: Policy Expression

by Hussam Fahmy, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Jon Behrens, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Kenneth Strzepek, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation

Abstract: The need to accurately represent the law of the Colorado river has heretofore precluded the use of any general purpose river basin simulation model. In order to overcome the inflexibility associated with policies coded directly into a model, a new approach for river basin simulation modeling has been developed. The new approach allows the user to capture the operating policy in a series of 'policy statements' separate from the basic simulation model. These statements are accessible without writing code and may easily be modified to explore policy alternatives.

Subject Headings: Simulation models | Rivers and streams | High-rise buildings | Hydrologic models | Mathematical models | Basins | Model accuracy | Standards and codes | Writing skills | Colorado River

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