Application of a Stochastic Hydrology Model

by Sushil K. Arora, (A.M.ASCE), State of California Dep of Water, Resources, Sacramento, CA, USA,
Geroge W. Barnes, Jr., (M.ASCE), State of California Dep of Water, Resources, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


This paper presents the development and application of a multi-site, multi-season stochastic hydrology model for the Sacramento Valley portion of the Central Valley of California. The stochastic model is designed to generate synthetic inflows to be used as input in place of historic flows to the California Department of Water Resources Planning Simulation Model of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) system of reservoirs and conveyance facilities. Performance of the Stochastic Hydrology Model has been evaluated by investigating the statistics and other hydrologic features of streamflows. This paper also presents an application of the stochastic hydrologic model to the California State Water Project System to provide synthetic inflow data for development of optimal reservoir operations criteria.

Subject Headings: Simulation models | Stochastic processes | Hydrology | Hydrologic models | Flow simulation | Reservoirs | Water resources | Resource management | California | United States

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