California Energy Commission's California Climate Change Center
This paper describes the development and results from an integrated water resource management model encompassing water operations and hydropower generation for the west slope Sierra Nevada spanning the Feather River basin in the north to the Kern River basin in the south at the weekly time step. This model application includes management of reservoirs, run-of-river hydropower plants, water supply demand locations, conveyances, and instream flow requirement. The model presented here (SIERRA) is one of the larger hydropower and montane water resources simulation models. The main contribution of this work is both the model itself, including the methods for simulating hydropower generation, albeit coarse, and the quantitative assessment of hydropower generation impacts of regional climate warming.
Flooding Snowpack Temperature
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