Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (J WATER RES PL-ASCE )

Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers. Water Resources Planning and Management Division, American Society of Civil Engineers


Publishes technical papers, notes, and discussions on all phases of planning and management of water resources. Contributing engineers and researchers examine social, economic, environmental, and administrative concerns relating to the use and conservation of water. Social and environmental objectives in areas such as fish and wildlife management, water-based recreation, and wild and scenic river use are assessed. Recent developments in computer applications and systems analysis and a variety of ecological, cultural, and historical values of water resources are also featured.

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    Journal of water resources planning and management, American Society of Civil Engineers water resources planning and management, ASCE water resources planning and management, ASCE journal of water resources planning and management
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    ABSTRACT: This study proposes a successive improved dynamic programming (SIDP) algorithm for hydropower reservoir operation based on an analysis of concavity, complementarity, and monotonicity of hydropower problems. For single-period hydropower generation, storage and release have diminishing marginal contributions to hydropower generation (i.e., concavity), and there is also a complementary effect between storage and release (i.e., release becomes more productive with increased storage). For multiple-period hydropower generation, the complementarity is shown to influence the concavity of objective function and the monotonicity of operation decisions, and is the major cause of complexity in hydropower operation. With the mathematical derivations, this study proposes a concave approximation to the hydropower generation function and a SIDP algorithm for hydropower reservoir operation. The efficiency of SIDP is demonstrated with two hypothetical case studies of long-term hydropower scheduling, which shows that the computation time of SIDP increases linearly with the number of storage intervals (i.e., O(n)), whereas DP shows a quadratic increase (i.e., O(n2)).
    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 03/2014; 140(3):365-374.
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    ABSTRACT: Water distribution system (WDS) models may improve system control when applied using real-time data, and in doing so, help meet consumer and regulatory demands. Such real-time modeling often overlooks the multiple sources of system uncertainty that cascade into model forecasts and affect the identification of robust operational solutions. This paper considers key uncertainties in WDS modeling and reviews promising approaches for uncertainty quantification and reduction in the modeling cascade from calibration, through data assimilation, to model forecasting. An uncertainty framework exemplifying how such methods may be applied to propagate uncertainty through the real-time control process is outlined. Innovative methods to constrain uncertainty when the time-horizon and data availability limit such thorough analysis are also discussed, alongside challenges that need to be addressed to incorporate uncertain information into the control decision. Further work evaluating the value of these methods in light of computational resources, and the nature of model errors in real WDS, is required. Such work is necessary to demonstrate the benefits of considering model and data uncertainty, leading to robust control decisions. Read More:
    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 02/2014; 140(2):169-183.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents an integrated optimization model for designing sewage collection networks. The layout configuration is designed using the loop by loop cutting algorithm. Then, the network with a given layout is hydraulically designed to determine sewer diameters, installation depths and pump specifications. In both design steps all technical constraints and criteria are systematically satisfied. Thereby, the optimization of sewer systems becomes totally unconstrained for the applied optimization solver. In this problem, the objective function is the network's construction cost and the decision variables are the parameters of layout generation and sewer specifications. For optimization of the cost function, the tabu search method as a deterministic combinatorial metaheuristic is developed and coupled to the design solvers. The proposed scheme is able to search adaptively in feasible parts of the problem's decision space as well as to solve the two sub-problems of layout generation and sewer sizing simultaneously. The model is then applied against a benchmark case study from the literature. It is found that using the integrated model the design of sewer networks becomes computationally more efficient and systematic as well as it would be very promising to attain the global optima.
    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper develops optimal hedging rules for flood reservoir operation under hydrological uncertainty using hydro-economic and mathematical analysis. The capacity to convey flood flows is sometimes a scarce resource. Hedging for flood operations uses reservoir storage to allocate the expected flood safety margin (EFSM, the gap between expected flood volume and flood conveyance capacity) optimally between present and future periods. Optimal flood operation hedging falls into three cases: (1) for large expected floods, all flood storage and almost all channel conveyance capacity are used in the current time period to cope with the current, more certain, and urgent flood risk; (2) for medium expected floods, the available EFSM is balanced between the current and future periods, but a larger portion of the total EFSM remains allocated to the current stage; and (3) for small expected floods, the future stage receives greater EFSM allocation by keeping reservoir space empty in the current period. Optimal hedging for flood operation is illustrated by a curve similar to that of hedging for water supply. The physical implications of hedging highlight the economic significance of this practice for balancing the marginal value of scarce flood management resources under uncertainty. Read More:
    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The generalized likelihood uncertainty estimation (GLUE) framework has been widely used in hydrologic studies. However, the extensive random sampling causes a high computational burden that prohibits the efficient application of GLUE to costly distributed hydrologic models such as the soil and water assessment tool (SWAT). In this study, a multimodal optimization algorithm called isolated-speciation-based particle swarm optimization (ISPSO) is employed to take samples from the search space. A comparison between the ISPSO-GLUE, proposed here, and traditional GLUE approaches shows that the two approaches generate similar uncertainty bounds, but that the convergence rate to stable uncertainty bounds is much faster for ISPSO-GLUE than for GLUE. That is, ISPSO-GLUE needs a much smaller number of samples than GLUE to arrive to a very similar answer. Although the ISPSO-GLUE slightly underestimated the prediction uncertainty and missed a number of observed values, the proposed approach is considered to be a good alternative to the typical GLUE approach that employs random sampling.
    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 01/2014; 140(3):313-321.
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  • Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 01/2014; 1(1):12-21.
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    ABSTRACT: It has been widely theorized that water age may be a useful indicator of the quality of water within drinking water distribution networks. However, there is limited evidence of model simulation results being related to empirical water quality (WQ hereafter) data to substantiate the theory. This paper presents the findings of investigations designed to determine if there was an observable relationship between mean water ages calculated using a WQ simulation model, and measured WQ in two live distribution networks. The age of water in all pipes was calculated using Aquis hydraulic and WQ modeling software. Historic regulatory WQ data was examined to determine if there was a relationship between general WQ and calculated water age within the networks. A more detailed study was then undertaken in one network by translating model locations that were representative of the spread of water age into real world locations. WQ samples were taken intensively from these sites and analyzed for a range of aesthetic, physical, chemical, and bacteriological parameters indicative of general WQ. Some relationship between the calculated mean age of water and the general WQ in the network was demonstrated. Analysis that considered calculated water age and associated WQ along unperturbed flow routes through the network produced a stronger relationship. Given that regulatory WQ within the study networks as reported to the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) was 99.9% compliant, this relationship was deemed noteworthy.
    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 06/2013;

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