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An Objective Method to Prioritize Socio-Environmental Water Management Tradeoffs Using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

DM Martin, SJ Powell, JA Webb, SJ Nichols, NL Poff



Rivers provide many social and environmental services that benefit humanity. A critical role of water mangers is to prioritize water allocation options that trade off socio-economic and hydro-ecological benefits in rivers. Methods for multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) provide a structured and systematic manner for researchers to aid in this process. In this paper, we describe a new MCDA method that prioritizes large multi-dimensional sets of tradeoffs to support well-informed water management in rivers. The method was developed based on an environmental flows planning study in the Goulburn-Broken River catchment, Victoria, Australia. A combined simulation and heuristic optimization pro..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the assistance of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning, Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority, the eWater Cooperative Research Centre, and the Murray-Darling Basin Futures Collaborative Research Network. DMM was supported by the National Science Foundation IGERT Grant No. DGE-0966346. JAW was supported by ARC Linkage Project LP130100174. We thank one anonymous referee and the editor(s) who reviewed the manuscript.