Modelling for Managing the Complex Issue of Catchment-Scale Surface and Groundwater Allocation

  • Anthony Jakeman
  • Rebecca Kelly (nee Letcher)
  • Jenifer Ticehurst
  • Rachel Blakers
  • Barry Croke
  • Allan Curtis
  • Baihua Fu
  • Sondoss El Sawah
  • Alex Gardner
  • Joseph Guillaume
  • Madeleine Hartley
  • Cameron Holley
  • Patrick Hutchings
  • David Pannell
  • Andrew Ross
  • Emily Sharp
  • Darren Sinclair
  • Alison Wilson
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 256)

Abstract

The management of surface and groundwater can be regarded as presenting resource dilemmas. These are situations where multiple users share a common resource pool, and make contested claims about their rights to access the resource, and the best use and distribution of the resource among competing needs. Overshadowed by uncertainties caused by limited data and lack of scientific knowledge, resource dilemmas are challenging to manage, often leading to controversies and disputes about policy issues and outcomes. In the case of surface and groundwater management, the design of collective policies needs to be informed by a holistic understanding of different water uses and outcomes under different water availability and sharing scenarios. In this paper, we present an integrated modelling framework for assessing the combined impacts of changes in climate conditions and water allocation policies on surface and groundwater-dependent economic and ecological systems. We are implementing the framework in the Namoi catchment, Australia. However, the framework can be transferred and adapted for uses, including water planning, in other agricultural catchments.

Keywords

Integrated Modelling Surface and Groundwater Management Resource Dilemmas Water Allocation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Jakeman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rebecca Kelly (nee Letcher)
    • 3
  • Jenifer Ticehurst
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rachel Blakers
    • 1
    • 2
  • Barry Croke
    • 1
    • 2
  • Allan Curtis
    • 4
    • 2
  • Baihua Fu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sondoss El Sawah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alex Gardner
    • 5
    • 2
  • Joseph Guillaume
    • 1
    • 2
  • Madeleine Hartley
    • 5
    • 2
  • Cameron Holley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrick Hutchings
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Pannell
    • 6
    • 2
  • Andrew Ross
    • 1
    • 2
  • Emily Sharp
    • 4
    • 2
  • Darren Sinclair
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alison Wilson
    • 6
    • 2
  1. 1.Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre, The Fenner School of Environment and SocietyAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT)Bedford ParkAustria
  3. 3.IsNRM Pty LtdTrevallynAustralia
  4. 4.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  5. 5.Law SchoolUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  6. 6.School of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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