River basin simulation models: guidelines for their use in water resources planning

Strzepek, K.M. & Marks, D.H. (1981). River basin simulation models: guidelines for their use in water resources planning. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 17 (1) 10-15. 10.1111/j.1752-1688.1981.tb02582.x.

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Simulation models constructed to estimate the physical and economic performance of alternative river basin development configurations have been widely used since the start of the Harvard Water Program in the early 1960's. These models have proved useful in choosing from among several potential river basin configurations, since they can rapidly evaluate each configuration's expected performance. However, when dealing with large scale river basin development projects, in which over 50 or 100 alternative reservoirs, irrigation areas, and other components must be considered, it is sometimes quite difficult to effectiely use a simulation model to rapidly identify those combinations of projects which best satisfy the development objectives. The purpose of this paper is to describe how a simulation model was used in the analysis of a complex river basin development project in Eastern Eurpe, and how the problems of scale were confronted and solved. The author's experience on this projet is used to derive a set of general guidelines which may be helpful in other simulation studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: river basin simulation; evaluation criteria
Research Programs: Resources and Environment Area (REN)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal of the American Water Resources Association; 17(1):10-15 [February 1981] (Published online 8 June 2007)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:49
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:35
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/1526

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