The present research aims to study the feasibility of using a Stochastic Dynamic
Programming model "SDP" to calculate the optimal operating policy for a single
reservoir system.
The study required to write two computer codes; one is for Deterministic Dynamic
Programming "DDP" and the other is for Stochastic Dynamic Programming "SDP"
using MATLAB platform.
A comparison study has been conducted between the optimal operating policies
obtained from the two models. The results revealed that the SDP outputs were more
realistic than those obtained by DDP, as the first gives the reservoir operator more
flexibility to deal with the variation of the inflow to the reservoir, while the second is
Additionally, a simple nomographhas been introduced to assist the operator of the
reservoir to manage a wide variety of inflow scenarios.