Web-Based Decision Support System for the Upper Colorado River Basins

Project ID: 20047
Principal Investigator: Claudia Salazar
Research Topic: Water Operation Models and Decision Support Systems
Funded Fiscal Years: 2020 and 2021
Keywords: None

Research Question

In an effort to improve the coordination and transparency of water management operations within the Upper Colorado River basin, Eastern Colorado Area Office (ECAO) is proposing to develop a Web-Based Decision Support System (DSS). The DSS would enable real-time sharing of a visual representation of the Upper Colorado River as it responds to actual and anticipated reservoir releases, diversions and return flows. The proposed DSS would provide a tool for immediately assessing and visually displaying the aggregate effects of operational changes at key locations within the basin.

Need and Benefit

The project outcome is the implementation of a DSS that will provide projected flow at four points of interest along the Upper Colorado River in real-time. This tool will facilitate real-time, in-meeting coordination and improve efficiency in evaluating different management scenarios. It will also improve transparency in the decision making process by allowing all participants to evaluate the same results through a web interface.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Web-Based Decision Support System for the Upper Colorado River Basins (final, PDF, 4.1MB)
By Claudia Leon-Salazar, Victor Lee, Timothy Miller, Jonathan Rocha
Report completed on September 30, 2021

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.

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Last Updated: 6/22/20