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Spurring Streamflow Forecasting Innovation with CEATI International & The Bureau of Reclamation

RTI Center for Water Resources Partners on Streamflow Forecast Rodeo

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Having accurate streamflow forecasts is crucial for hydropower organizations to inform reservoir operating decisions and ensure that safe and adequate water levels and sufficient power are available for consumers. Consistently a leader in the use of forecasts, the hydropower industry finds ways to leverage the latest innovations and technologies to further advance their streamflow forecasting capabilities.

The RTI Center for Water Resources (CWR) is partnering with CEATI International’s Hydropower Operations and Planning Interest Group (HOPIG) and the Bureau of Reclamation on the Streamflow Forecast Rodeo, beginning October 1, 2020 and concluding in October 2021. The competition seeks to assess the skill of current and novel streamflow forecasting approaches (including artificial intelligence methods) in a quasi-operational setting.

The CWR forecast evaluation system will be leveraged during the year-long event to compute a variety of forecast performance statistics over various timescales and flow ranges. Rodeo participants will be scored based on these performance metrics by HOPIG and by the Bureau of Reclamation.

At the CWR, we are dedicated to working with our partners to pursue innovations that facilitate and foster robust water management decision-making. With our forecast evaluation system serving as a metric of excellence, rodeo participants can build, select, refine, and optimize flow forecast approaches to achieve improved water resource outcomes.

Visit the event webpage for participation information and for the latest event news throughout the year.

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