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Hydrology Modeling

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As efforts continue to develop a range of long-term management options for the Salton Sea, the basis for planning requires an understanding of the historical and future hydrology at the Salton Sea. The two technical reports below describe 1) the hydrological model, SALSA2, which simulates the overall water and salt balance for the Salton Sea for future conditions (Salton Sea Hydrology Development Report) and 2) the development of historical hydrology, baseline assumptions and projected future hydrology, and resulting projected future conditions at the Salton Sea (Salton Sea Modeling and Results). These documents are posted here:

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Salton Sea Hydrology Development Report [PDF]
Salton Sea Modeling and Results Report [PDF]

A “player version” of the SALSA2 model has also been developed to allow stakeholders access to limited modeling functionality to analyze alternative Salton Sea management program scenarios. In order to access this Salton Sea model, please send an email with your contact information and a brief description of your stakeholder interest/agency representation to Tina Shields ( with a copy to Armin Munevar (, requesting access to the SALSA2 model. Once approved, you will be sent an email granting access to the OneDrive platform from which you can download the model using instructions found in the QuickStart guide that is also posted on the OneDrive platform.