Delivery System Management Via Dynamic Programming

by Robert J. Houghtalen, Colordo State Univ, Fort Collins, CO, USA,
Jim C. Loftis, Colordo State Univ, Fort Collins, CO, USA,
Darrel Fontane, Colordo State Univ, Fort Collins, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century


Management of irrigation water delivery systems may involve allocating limited water supplies over both time and space under uncertain future demands. The physical delivery systems are often complex, including several reservoirs, many miles of canals, and numerous delivery points. To assist in the difficult decision-making process, a systems analysis procedure using dynamic programming is proposed. The dimensionality problem resulting from multiple reservoirs is solved using an objective-space approach. The problem of uncertain crop water demands is addressed using an implicit stochastic technique. A case study system near Fort Collins, Colorado, is used to illustrate the suggested methodology.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Computer programming | Water supply systems | Water demand | Reservoirs | Case studies | Irrigation systems | Dynamic analysis | Colorado | United States

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