Reservoir/river system analysis models: Conventional simulation versus network flow programming Academic Article uri icon


  • Conventional simulation models and network flow programming are two widely used alternative approaches for analysing reservoir/river systems. Conventional simulation models typically provide greater flexibility in representing the complexities of real-world systems. Network flow programming provides capabilities to search systematically and efficiently through numerous possible combinations of decision variable values, with a more prescriptive modelling orientation. A comparative evaluation of the alternative modelling approaches is presented. The Water Rights Analysis Program (TAMUWRAP) provides a case study for the comparative evaluation. For this particular application, neither modelling approach was found to have a clearly defined advantage over the other. However, in general the characteristics of the alternative modelling approaches result in each being most appropriate in certain situations. The different models can also be used in combination. 1994, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Water Resources Development

author list (cited authors)

  • Wurbs, R. A., & Yerramreddy, A.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Wurbs, Ralph A||Yerramreddy, Anilkumar

publication date

  • January 1994