American Society of Civil Engineers

Reclamation’s Design Process of Early Warning Systems for Dam Safety

by David B. Fisher, (Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States)

pp. 690-695

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Hydraulic Engineering
Abstract: This paper discusses the Bureau of Reclamation’s process for designing the detection and decision making components of an Early Warning System (EWS) for dams with hydrologic deficiencies. The design of an EWS is a site specific activity with the final goal of the system being the successful evacuation of the population at risk located downstream of the dam. EWS designs consider meteorological and hydrological data in developing flood detection and decision making elements of the system.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Bureau of Reclamation
Dam failures
Dam safety
Data analysis
Emergency management
Hydrologic data

Author Keywords:
Accident prevention - Alarm systems - Floods - Hydrology - Public risks - Systems analysis
Bureau of Reclamation - Early warning systems (EWS)