Jonathan Herman

2019 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
UC Davis

Project Title: Adapting Reservoir Control Rules Under Climate Change

Project Description: The projected effects of climate change on precipitation patterns threaten the critical urban, agricultural, and environmental water uses served by reservoirs. One promising adaptation method is the redesign of reservoir operating rules that dictate the timing and volume of water releases. The proposed work will investigate new computational approaches to optimize these rules under climate change, using California as a case study. Because long-term climate projections are highly uncertain, this approach will also test the robustness of control rules to a large set of possible future scenarios. The Hellman Fellowship will provide high-performance computing resources to accelerate these research objectives.