Colorado River Microcomputer Model

by Behzad Mohammadi, Metropolitan Water District of, Southern California, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


This paper describes a computer model which simulates the monthly water and power operations of the twelve reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin for a given demand projection in the future. The model can be used with single or multiple historical hydrologic cycles. When multiple hydrologic cycles are used, the model can calculate the probabilities of various water and energy supplies being available in future years. The Colorado River Microcomputer Model (CRMM) is based on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS) computer model. All simulated results can be stored on disk for use with other programs (e.g., spreadsheets, graphics or statistical software). The microcomputer version of the Colorado River Simulation model runs slower than its mainframe counterpart (CRSS). However, it offers the user a dedicated system which is used for simulation purposes only. This feature combined with the availability of a multitude of general purpose microcomputer softwares, allow the user to analyze various alternatives effectively.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Computer models | Hydrologic models | Computer analysis | Reservoirs | Hydro power | Power plants | Simulation models | Colorado River

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