Upstream Tech's HydroForecast reduces risk, improves environmental outcomes and enables data-informed decision making.

We need water intelligence

HydroForecast, a software service developed by Natel’s sister company, Upstream Tech, upends the traditional approach to decision making for industries that rely on water, using a combination of satellite data, machine learning, and cloud computing to deliver the most accurate hydrologic forecasting yet.

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Climate change is water change and as more frequent droughts and floods become the norm, HydroForecast eases the burden of decision-makers, giving them more available, accurate and usable forecasts.

Maximize Production

Understand how much hydroelectric “fuel” is available with more reliability, greater accuracy and a longer-term outlook.

Increase Sustainability

Improve sustainable water management by aligning operating schedules with drought policies to protect wildlife and preserve water for when we need it most.

Accurately Forecast for the Future

HydroForecast is designed to respond to basin and climatic changes to enable users to assess and mitigate risk.

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Developing Tools to Model Impaired Streamflow in Streams Throughout California

Developing Tools to Model Impaired Streamflow in Streams Throughout California

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HydroForecast Featured in Water Power Magazine

HydroForecast Featured in Water Power Magazine

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Webinar: Could Streamflow Forecasts Have Predicted Lake Oroville's Extreme Conditions?

Webinar: Could Streamflow Forecasts Have Predicted Lake Oroville's Extreme Conditions?

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Understanding the Ebbs and Flows of California's Water Markets

Understanding the Ebbs and Flows of California's Water Markets

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Proven Value

With a 100% customer renewal rate, HydroForecast’s unprecedented accuracy is providing a superior level of water intelligence needed for today’s rapidly changing climate. This represents a major shift from traditional, time-intensive and less precise forecasting. HydroForecast has proven its value among its clients including the U.S. Army Corps and the Nature Conservancy in California, among many others. 

Most Accurate Streamflow Forecast Available
Numerous customers and organizations have experienced the unmatched accuracy of HydroForecast, besting even NOAA’s River Forecast Centers with greater accuracy further into the future, according to an in-house analysis conducted by a Pacific Northwest customer. 

Heightens Informed Decision-Making
HydroForecast helped a Northeast customer use inflow forecast probability to make day-ahead and long-term energy market decisions that mirror the organization’s risk profile. 

Supports Planful Environmental Management
West Coast customers have benefitted from HydroForecast’s historical reanalysis of ungauged streams to develop state-wide environmental flow criteria, helping states like California plan for droughts. 

Globally-Recognized and Award-Winning
HydroForecast was declared the overall winner, winning 23 of the 25 categories across all forecasting regions in The Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation’s (CEATI) Hydropower Operation competition in 2021.

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