Our research group focuses on research related to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); our goal is to develop new techniques and design policies to improve water management. We analyze the current regulations (policies), infrastructure and environment of basins to recommend actions for improving the water supply of present and future societal water demands while maintaining the range of hydrologic variation necessary to preserve the ecological and environmental integrity of the basin.

Our research focuses on:


Societal objectives

Climate Change



  1. Optimization models
  2. Simulation models
  3. Hydrologic Models
  4. Hydraulic Models
  5. Groundwater Models
  6. Agent Based Models
  7. Statistical Models
  8. Stochastic Models
  9. Deterministic Models
  10. Fish Abundance Model
  11. Energy Production Model
  12. Performance Criteria
  13. Indicators
  14. Game Theory
  15. Cost Benefit Analysis
  16. Risk Analysis
  17. Environmental Flows
  18. Water Governance
  19. Water Law
  • Water Supply
  • Water Quality
  • Flood Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Energy Management
Projects Water Supply Water Quality Environmental Management Flood Management Energy Management Tools
California & The United States
California Applicacion Efficiencies X   X   X 7,12,13
Big Bend Reach X X X X X 1,2,3,5,7,8,9, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19
Butte Creek X X X   X 1,2,3,7,10,11,12,13,16,17
California Hydrologic Classification X   X X   7,9,12,13,17
Pajaro Valley X     X   1,2,8,9,11,12,15
Rio Grande/Bravo X X X X X 1,2,3,5,7,8,9, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19
Russian River X   X X   1,2,3,7,12,13,15,16,17
Sacramento Valley X     X X 1,2,3,5,7,11,12,13,15,16
San Joaquin Valley X    X 15
Around the World
Apurimac River Basin (Peru) X   X     2,3,12,13,16
Natural Flow Regimes (Chile) X   X     7,9,12,13,17
Duero basin (Mexico) X X X     2,3,5,8,12,13,15,18
Leishui River (China)     X X X 1,2,9,11,12,13,16,17
San Juan River basin (Mexico) X   X   X 1,2,9,12,13,15,16,18
  • System’s Re-Operation - How to get the most out the water resources system
  • Environmental Flows - Estimation of the natural flow regimes or pre-altered flow regime to determine hydrologic and environmental characteristics of healthy riparian and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Application Efficiency - Analyzing how well irrigation system performs when they are operated to deliver a specific amount of water, for different crop and hydrologic regions for the State of California
  • Indicators for Water Resources Systems – Summarizing data for the decision making process