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Title: The Independent Technical Analysis Process

Abstract

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) contracted with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to provide technical analytical support for system-wide fish passage information (BPA Project No. 2006-010-00). The goal of this project was to produce rigorous technical analysis products using independent analysts and anonymous peer reviewers. In the past, regional parties have interacted with a single entity, the Fish Passage Center to access the data, analyses, and coordination related to fish passage. This project provided an independent technical source for non-routine fish passage analyses while allowing routine support functions to be performed by other well-qualified entities.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
963600
Report Number(s):
PNNL-16507
400480000; TRN: US200918%%190
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION; FISH PASSAGE FACILITIES; DATA ANALYSIS; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; BATTELLE PACIFIC NORTHWEST LABORATORIES

Citation Formats

Duberstein, Corey A., Ham, Kenneth D., Dauble, Dennis D., and Johnson, Gary E. The Independent Technical Analysis Process. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/963600.
Duberstein, Corey A., Ham, Kenneth D., Dauble, Dennis D., & Johnson, Gary E. The Independent Technical Analysis Process. United States. doi:10.2172/963600.
Duberstein, Corey A., Ham, Kenneth D., Dauble, Dennis D., and Johnson, Gary E. Fri . "The Independent Technical Analysis Process". United States. doi:10.2172/963600. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/963600.
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year = {Fri Apr 13 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
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