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Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Elqui Valley

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Informing Many-Objective Decision-Making For Water Rights Allocations And Trading Dynamics Conditioned On A Streamflow Prediction Regime In The Elqui River Basin, Melissa A. Estep Jan 2019

Informing Many-Objective Decision-Making For Water Rights Allocations And Trading Dynamics Conditioned On A Streamflow Prediction Regime In The Elqui River Basin, Melissa A. Estep

Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The Elqui Valley in northern Chile faces increasing water stress due to a growing agricultural sector. This study evaluates how improvements in season-ahead forecasting skill and changes in water rights trading dynamics impact the ability for seasonal reservoir management to meet the water needs of various actors in the basin. By establishing a baseline forecast of perfect foresight of observed streamflow data, the analysis evaluates how the use of an updated forecasting technique compares to climatology in its ability to meet management needs. Using the RiverWare river system modeling tool, multiple scenarios representing different suites of trade and reservoir operating ...