Model for real-time optimal flood control operation of a reservoir system

Olcay I. Unver, Larry Mays

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A methodology and model have been developed for the real-time optimal flood operation of river-reservoir systems. This methodology is based upon combining a nonlinear programming model with a flood-routing simulation model within an optimal control framework. The generalized reduced gradient code GRG2 is used to perform the nonlinear optimization and the simulator is the U.S. National Wheather Service DWOPER code. Application of the model is illustrated through a case study of Lake Travis on the Lower Colorado River in Texas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-46
Number of pages26
JournalWater Resources Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990


  • Flood control
  • optimization
  • reservoir operation
  • unsteady flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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