Modeling Temperature Impacts on Salmon Survival

by Jamie D. Anderson, (S.M.ASCE), Univ of California, Davis, United States,
Gerald T. Orlob, (F.ASCE), Univ of California, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: Among research goals at the University of California-Davis are the development and application of mathematical models to study water quality impacts on threatened and endangered species. One objective of a study of the Sacramento River is to determine the implication of water quality changes, especially temperature, on reproduction and survival of winter run chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha. This research seeks to provide guidelines for optimal reservoir operation that will ensure both an adequate supply of water for downstream needs and releases of water at temperatures suitable for salmon growth and reproduction.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Hydrologic models | Temperature effects | Water supply | Rivers and streams | Temperature measurement | Model analysis | Mathematical models | Mathematics | North America | California | United States | Sacramento

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