Streamflow Forecast Rodeo Challenge seeks to improve the skill of short-term streamflow forecasts (10 days) via a year-long competition. Solvers will develop and implement their methods for locations across the western United States, attempting to outperform state of practice streamflow forecasts.
Beginning on 28th August 2020, we will start the streamflow forecasting challenge series by conducting a Marathon Match. The purpose of the Marathon match is to explore and develop innovative solutions using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and additional data sets / ideas to meet objective scoring of current forecasting methods. Solver algorithms will be judged by how closely the predicted streamflow matches the actual measured values.
Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.
Today, Reclamation is the largest wholesaler of water in the country. They bring water tomore than 31 million people and provide one out of five Western farmers (140,000) with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland that produce 60% of the nation’s vegetables and 25% of its fruits and nuts.
Reclamation is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States. 53 powerplants annually provide more than 40 billion kilowatt hours generating nearly a billion dollars in power revenues and produce enough electricity to serve 3.5 million homes.
Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency with a Strategic Plan outlining numerous programs, initiatives and activities that will help the Western States, Native American Tribes and others meet new water needs and balance the multitude of competing uses of water in the West. Reclamation’s mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public’sinvestment in these structures. Reclamation places great emphasis on fulfilling water delivery obligations, water conservation, water recycling and reuse, and developing partnerships with their customers, states, and Native American Tribes, and in finding ways to bring together the variety of interests to address the competing needs for our limited water resources.
Participation Individual or in Teams Competitors may compete individually or form teams (optional) for selected Streamflow Forecast Rodeo Challenge on this project.
Competitors may work with colleagues they already know IN Streamflow Forecast Rodeo Challenge and/or with rated Topcoder members.
In the teaming option, the team formation may occur offline.
Each member in the team needs to register themselves on Topcoder platform as per the eligibility requirement.
The team will define a captain to submit a solution on behalf of the team.
Prize splits are determined in advance, and recorded on a single affidavit signed by all team members.
Awards:- $500,000 of prizes