Keywords

Groundwater Modeling, Water Managers

Start Date

26-6-2018 10:40 AM

End Date

26-6-2018 12:00 PM

Abstract

Important water management decisions are made every day. Too often these decisions are made with an inadequate understanding of the system being managed, making the outcome of these decisions highly uncertain. Many water management decisions, and most groundwater management decisions, can benefit greatly from the use of simulation models. While every model of an environmental system is inherently uncertain, all reasonable models can be extremely useful if the water manager has the ability to directly conduct many scenario evaluations. However, water managers generally do not have direct access to their existing water models, so these models tend to be extremely under-utilized. This presentation will present contrasting situations in which model scenarios were either abundant or scarce, and the resulting outcomes of these situations. The case is made for empowering water managers to be able to directly interact with their models. A platform is presented that provides this experience, creating a true paradigm shift in water management.

Stream and Session

F3: Modeling and Decision Making Under Uncertainty

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Jun 26th, 10:40 AM Jun 26th, 12:00 PM

Providing Direct Access to Simulation Models for Water Managers

Important water management decisions are made every day. Too often these decisions are made with an inadequate understanding of the system being managed, making the outcome of these decisions highly uncertain. Many water management decisions, and most groundwater management decisions, can benefit greatly from the use of simulation models. While every model of an environmental system is inherently uncertain, all reasonable models can be extremely useful if the water manager has the ability to directly conduct many scenario evaluations. However, water managers generally do not have direct access to their existing water models, so these models tend to be extremely under-utilized. This presentation will present contrasting situations in which model scenarios were either abundant or scarce, and the resulting outcomes of these situations. The case is made for empowering water managers to be able to directly interact with their models. A platform is presented that provides this experience, creating a true paradigm shift in water management.