The Arkansas River Decision Support System (ArkDSS) is the final major basin DSS to be completed in Colorado. The feasibility study for the ArkDSS was completed in 2011 and work started in 2017. The Arkansas Rive basin offers many unique challenges in terms of data collection and modeling due to its complex Arkansas River Compact Administration requirements. This DSS builds on the experience and software enhancements from the prior three DSS efforts:
- Colorado River DSS (CRDSS) – development started in 1992
- Rio Grande DSS (RGDSS) – development started in 1998
- South Platte DSS (SPDSS) – development started in 2001
Work is underway on the ArkDSS. There are five tasks under active development at this time:
- Spatial System Integration (GIS)
- Data Development for Consumptive Use and Surface Water Modeling
- Consumptive Use Analysis and Modeling
- Surface Water Analysis and Modeling
- Administration and Accounting Tools
Software enhancements made during ArkDSS (primarily to StateMod, TSTool, and StateCU) are being developed under the OpenCDSS model. Under OpenCDSS, software source code will soon be publicly available in an open source, collaborative environment.
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