Journal article

Using optimization to develop a "designer" environmental flow regime

Avril Horne, Simranjit Kaur, Joanna Szemis, Alysson Costa, J Angus Webb, Rory Nathan, Michael Stewardson, Lisa Lowe, Natashia Boland

ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

There are increasing numbers of rivers with large storages, resulting in changes to environmental condition downstream. In these systems, environmental flow regimes that are specifically designed to meet environmental management objectives, whilst continuing to support economic needs, may be the best approach. A challenge remains as to how best to design these novel flow regimes. Decision support tools such as optimization provide a potential tool to achieve this. In existing tools environmental outcomes are not represented with sufficient realism and this is a major barrier to successful adoption by decision-makers. Here, we employ conditional probability networks as a promising approach th..

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