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J Environ Manage. 2015 Sep 1;160:167-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.06.007. Epub 2015 Jun 25.

A water resources simulation gaming model for the Invitational Drought Tournament.

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1
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, 9105 116th St, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Electronic address: kai7@ualberta.ca.
2
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, 9105 116th St, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Electronic address: evan.davies@ualberta.ca.

Abstract

A system dynamics-based simulation gaming model, developed as a component of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Invitational Drought Tournament (IDT; Hill et al., 2014), is introduced in this paper as a decision support tool for drought management at the river-basin scale. This IDT Model provides a comprehensive and integrated overview of drought conditions, and illustrates the broad effects of socio-economic drought and mitigation strategies. It is intended to provide a safe, user-friendly experimental environment with fast run-times for testing management options, and to promote collaborative decision-making and consensus building. Examples of model results from several recent IDT events demonstrate potential effects of drought and the short-to longer-term effectiveness of policies selected by IDT teams; such results have also improved teams' understanding of the complexity of water resources systems and their management trade-offs. The IDT Model structure and framework can also be reconfigured quickly for application to different river basins.

KEYWORDS:

Drought management; Invitational Drought Tournament; Simulation gaming; Socio-economic drought; System dynamics; Water resources management

PMID:
26119329
DOI:
10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.06.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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