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Water Resources Management

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 513–545 | Cite as

A Water Accounting System for Strategic Water Management

  • Graham M. Turner
  • Timothy M. Baynes
  • Bertram C. McInnis
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Abstract

This paper describes a water accounting system (WAS) that has been developed as an innovative new tool for strategic long-term water management. The WAS incorporates both disaggregated water use and availability, provides a comprehensive and consistent historical database, and can integrate climate and hydrological model outputs for the exploration of scenarios. It has been established and tested for the state of Victoria in Australia, and can be extended to cover other or all regions of Australia. The WAS is implemented using stock-and-flow dynamics, currently employing major river basins as the spatial units and a yearly time step. While this system shares features with system dynamics, learning is enhanced and strategic management of water resources is improved by application of a Design Approach and the structure of the WAS. We compare the WAS with other relevant accounting systems and outline its benefits, particularly the potential for resolving tensions between water supply and demand. Integrated management is facilitated by combination with other stocks and flows frameworks that provide data on key drivers such as demography, land-use and electricity production.

Keywords

Water accounts Stocks and flows Water budgets Decision support systems Strategic management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham M. Turner
    • 1
  • Timothy M. Baynes
    • 2
  • Bertram C. McInnis
    • 3
  1. 1.CSIRO Sustainable EcosystemsCanberra CityAustralia
  2. 2.CSIRO Sustainable EcosystemsNorth RydeAustralia
  3. 3.whatIf? Technologies Inc.OttawaCanada

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