A Screening-Level Hydroeconomic Model of South Florida Water Resources System

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: 2:10 PM
Ali Mirchi1, David W Watkins Jr1, Michael Flaxman2 and Daniel Wiesmann2, (1)Michigan Technological University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Houghton, MI, United States, (2)Geodesign Technologies Inc, San Francisco, CA, United States
South Florida’s water resources management is characterized by system-wide tradeoffs associated with maintaining the ecological integrity of natural environments such as the Everglades while meeting the water demands of the agricultural sector and growing urban areas. As these tradeoffs become more pronounced due to pressures from climate change, sea level rise, and population growth, it will be increasingly challenging for policy makers and stakeholders to reach consensus on water resources management objectives and planning horizons. A hydroeconomic optimization model of south Florida’s water resources system is developed to incorporate the value of water for preserving ecosystem services alongside water supplies to the Everglades Agricultural Area and urban areas. Results of this screening-level network flow model facilitate quantitative analysis and provide insights for long-term adaptive management strategies for the region’s water resources.