Optimization tools for environmental water decisions: A review of strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to improve adoption
Avril Horne, Joanna M Szemis, Simranjit Kaur, J Angus Webb, Michael J Stewardson, Alysson Costa, Natashia Boland
ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016
Public investment in river restoration through environmental watering has increased substantially in recent years. To sustain public support for such investment, management of environmental water must achieve the best possible outcomes in a transparent and defensible manner. The current management of environmental water relies on the ability of managers to estimate the impacts of their decisions under complex scenarios, often with multiple interdependent decisions that span over different spatial and temporal scales. Optimization modeling has been widely used in other forms of conservation management and an increasing body of literature documents the development of optimization models that c..View full abstract
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This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage project LP130100174), the MDBfutures Collaborative Research Network, and a number of partner agencies. We are also grateful for the correspondence with a number of authors whose papers were included in this review, and for the feedback from anonymous reviewers.