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CADSWES research focuses on natural resource management, particularly the sustainable management of multi-objective water resource systems in areas such as climate change adaptation, modeling of multi-objective water resource systems, improved short and long term forecasting under hydrologic variability, and hydropower optimization. Almost without exception the research aims to develops techniques that can be applied by water management agencies. The Center’s research and development emphasis includes a strong platform for graduate student education – building the next generation of sustainability focused natural resource researchers and practitioners.
Current and recent areas of research include:
- Robust decision making techniques for climate change assessment
- Integration of Wind energy with hydropower and hydropower optimization
- Decadal scale projections and application to improved operational management of river systems
- Development of improved forecasting techniques and demonstration of resulting improvements to water management.
- Techniques to improve understand of hydrologic variability and application to improved operations.
- Improved multi-objective water system management
- Modeling future reliability of environmental flows
Research projects are typically funded by federal agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation, NOAA and the Department of Energy. Some projects have been funded by NGOs or state agencies and water districts.