Reservoir Regulation in the Monsoon Climate of Korea

by James R. Dexter, US Army Corps of Engineers, Ft., Shafter, HI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


An examination of reservoir regulation rules in light of uncertain estimates of river flow in the Han River Basin, Republic of Korea, shows that two strategies will improve total hydroelectric energy generation value and also meet water supply and irrigation requirements. Three dams provide 95 percent of the effective reservoir storage in the basin. There are small but statistically significant variations in unit runoff at these sites in certain months. The differences may be due to shifts in surface wind patterns brought about by the monsoon climate or to differences in regional geology. These differences can be used to formulate one strategy based on shaping energy requirements of each reservoir proportionate to resource availability.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Hydro power | Monsoons | Laws and regulations | Flow measurement | Electric power | Water supply | South Korea | Asia

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