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Area 6: Assess System Risks and Evaluate Alternatives

For description of this technical area and for the context on how this area fits into the outline of technical areas for incorporating climate change information into water resources assessments, please see our Long-term climate change research activities.

. These areas were featured in discussion of desired versus current capabilities in Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management:  User Needs for Improving Tools and Information (pdf 8MB). The result from that discussion are a listing of research needs, or "gaps", under eight technical areas. After compiling this list, a process followed where relative research priorities were assigned to each gap (low, medium and high). The second and third columns of the table indicates priority ratings reflecting pooled views from Reclamation and USACE only, and pooled views from all document reviewers, respectively. The fourth column lists the research activities being supported by Reclamation's Research and Development Office associated with these gaps.

Technical Planning Steps and Associated Gaps in Tools and Information

Priority Ranking1

Activities

Reclamation/
USACE

All
Respondents

6.01 Guidance on how to conduct an adaptation evaluation that efficiently
explores and ranks strategy options, potentially using optimization techniques.

High

High

2011
Directed: Evaluating Optimization Methods to Improve Hydropower Operations and Management

2009-2011
507 Evaluating Water Management Responses to Global Climate Change Using Coupled Hydrologic and Economic Models

2006-2008
5330, Boise Valley spatial water allocation modeling

6.02 Guidance on how to portray realistic operator “learning” in evaluations supporting planning for climate change adaptation.

Low

Low

 

6.03 Guidance on how to assess the effect of planning proposals on climate.

Low

Medium