Water Resource Systems

Photograph of a snow-covered glacier.

The study of water resource systems incorporates elements of hydrology, economics, and policy issues. (Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.)


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Fall 2006



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Course Highlights

This course features information about the GAMS and MATLAB® software packages in the tools section.

Course Description

This subject is concerned with quantitative methods for analyzing large-scale water resource problems. Topics covered include the design and management of facilities for river basin development, flood control, water supply, groundwater remediation, and other activities related to water resources. Simulation models and optimization methods are often used to support analyses of water resource problems. In this subject we will be constructing simulation models with the MATLAB® programming language and solving numerical optimization problems with the GAMS optimization package.

Dennis McLaughlin. 1.731 Water Resource Systems, Fall 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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