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Improved water resources sustainability utilizing multi-time scale streamflow forecasts (National Science Foundation -Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and
 

Summary: Improved water resources sustainability utilizing multi-time scale streamflow forecasts
(National Science Foundation - Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and
Transport Systems)
Investigators: Sankarasubramanian Arumugam and S. Ranji Ranjithan
Abstract:
This project has three major objectives. The first is to develop an integrated approach to
promote sustainable management of water supply systems through combined application of
both weather information-based near-term streamflow forecasts and climate-based short-term
streamflow forecasts. For this first objective, water management measures will be invoked
that include water conservation and hedging, water contracts for improving water-use
efficiency, in-stream and ecological flow protection and alternative water management plans
including wastewater reuse. The second major objective is to apply and demonstrate the
approach for two water supply systems, one serving an area experiencing rapid increase in
water demand in North Carolina, and another aimed at maximizing hydropower production
and preserving ecological flows in Virginia. The third major objective is to develop an
instructional tool for assessing the role of proactive water management measures and multi-
time scale forecasts to promote sustainable water management and to incorporate it in
undergraduate/graduate curricula at several universities. An educational outreach effort will
inculcate dynamic risk management and sustainability concepts in water and environmental
curricula at two major historically black colleges in North Carolina.

  

Source: Arumugam, Sankar - Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Engineering