Friday, 28 October 2005
Alvarado F and Atria (Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town)
WDT has developed and deployed a Hydrometeorological Decision Support System for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The system utilizes high-resolution NEXRAD Level II data, rain gauge data, and Satellite data in real-time to estimate and predict precipitation amounts for most of Texas and Oklahoma. Technology licensed from the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and McGill University compliment WDT's proprietary software to complete the system. This system provides LCRA with a rich set of tools for the analysis, prediction, and verification of rainfall over the Colorado River basin. The system will be used in real-time for decision making processes. These processes involve the direct management of water resources for hydroelectric power generation, municipal water supplies, and agricultural use. The project represents a major breakthrough for water resource management in the United States. A similar system was pioneered by NSSL for the Salt River Project in Phoenix, AZ. That system was used as the base for the LCRA project with many enhancements.
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