Multi-Objective Optimization Model for the Allocation of Water Resources in Arid Regions Based on the Maximization of Socioeconomic Efficiency

Abstract

The escalating world population has led to a drastic increase in water demand in the municipal and drinking water, agriculture and industry sectors. This situation necessitates application of effective measures for the optimal and efficient management of water resources. With this respect, a two-objective socioeconomic model (aimed at job creation) has been presented in this study for the optimum allocation of water resources to industry, agriculture and municipal water sectors. In the agriculture sector, the production function of each product has been determined and then, based on the production functions, areas under cultivation, product yield and the income obtained from each product, the combined objective function has been specified. In the industry sector, since water demand is a function of the amount of produced products, price of supplied water and the price of other supplies, the demand function of this sector was determined regionally. Also, considering the existing necessity in meeting the municipal water requirement, the total amount of water needed by this sector was fully allocated. Then by using two meta-heuristic algorithms, i.e. genetic algorithm (GA) and particle swarm optimization (PSO), the objective functions were maximized and the water resources were optimally allocated between agriculture and industry sectors and the results were compared. Ultimately, comparing the results gained by PSO and GA algorithms, PSO with an economic and profit growth of 54 % and a 13 % rise in employment relative to the base condition, turned out to be more efficient in this application.

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Habibi Davijani, M., Banihabib, M.E., Nadjafzadeh Anvar, A. et al. Multi-Objective Optimization Model for the Allocation of Water Resources in Arid Regions Based on the Maximization of Socioeconomic Efficiency. Water Resour Manage 30, 927–946 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-015-1200-y

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Keywords

  • Allocation of water resources
  • Job creation
  • Agriculture and industry
  • Two-objective optimization
  • Genetic algorithm
  • Particle swarm optimization algorithm