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Water 2018, 10(7), 865;

Piecewise-Linear Hedging Rules for Reservoir Operation with Economic and Ecologic Objectives

School of Environment and Civil Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan 523808, China
State Key Laboratory of Hydro-Science and Engineering, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100086, China
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Received: 10 May 2018 / Revised: 24 June 2018 / Accepted: 25 June 2018 / Published: 29 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adaptive Catchment Management and Reservoir Operation)
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The construction of dams and operation of reservoirs have a significant impact on the interruption of aquatic and riparian ecological systems, by altering natural stream flows in river courses. Recently, the ecological requirements are included as an additional objective in reservoir operation in order to restore the natural stream flows and reduce the negative impacts of reservoir operations on ecosystems that rely on the natural flows. The key challenge involving ecological requirements is to balance the ecological and economic objectives by operation rules, on the basis of quantitatively identifying the objective of ecological flows required to maintain the natural flow regime for ecosystem. This study develops a piecewise-linear multi-objective hedging rule (PMHR) for reservoir operations, with ecologic flow objectives represented by 33 hydrologic parameters from the indicators of hydrologic alteration (IHA). Variables of the PMHR are obtained through optimization using a vector evaluated genetic algorithm. The results show that the PMHR improves the ecological water releases without reducing economic water supplies in the case river in the context of hydrological uncertainty. It can offer technological references for improving the utility of water resource management under competitive conditions of water resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural flow regime; multi-objective model; uncertainty; genetic algorithm natural flow regime; multi-objective model; uncertainty; genetic algorithm

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Liu, Y.; Zhao, J.; Zheng, H. Piecewise-Linear Hedging Rules for Reservoir Operation with Economic and Ecologic Objectives. Water 2018, 10, 865.

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