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.

We welcome your help in building out the Wiki, by

  • Writing up a page on a topic already identified below or a different topic
  • Alerting us to new publications, datasets, tools, and other technical resources
  • Reviewing existing pages and sending us feedback


Cross-cutting reports

Weather and climate

Hydrology and water availability

Water operations and planning

Water Use

Water quality

Geomorphology and sediment

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

Ecosystems and environment

Societal and economic issues

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