Science and applications

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This section of the wiki covers a broad set of topics pertaining to science that is relevant and/or applied to Colorado River management, as well as specific applications of the science, such as streamflow forecasting.

Each page contains at least the following:

  • Summary description of the topic
  • The topic's relevance to Colorado River water management
  • Annotated links to datasets, tools, and other information resources on that topic

In the list below, the bolded items are links to active wiki pages on that topic. The other items are planned future pages.


Cross-cutting reports

Weather and climate

Hydrology and water availability

Water operations and planning

Water Use

Water quality

  • Salinity
  • Metals and acid mine drainage
  • Other contaminants

Geomorphology and sediment

  • Erosion and sediment sources
  • Riverbed sediment dynamics
  • Reservoir sedimentation

Ecosystems and environment

  • Vegetation change
  • Wildfires
  • Insect infestations and disease
  • Tamarisk and invasive plants
  • Threatened and endangered fish species
  • Invasive mussels
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Salton Sea
  • Colorado River Delta

Societal and economic issues

  • Benefits of water
  • Impacts of shortage and drought
  • Social inequity and vulnerability