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Towards Environmentally-Friendly Water Resources Planning: A Model to Integrate Environmental Impacts

Proceedings

Series: Progress in Water Resources Volume: 6

By: MA Yurdusev

WIT Press

Paperback | Dec 2001 | #123403 | ISBN: 1853127922
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About this book

With the continuing growth of the world's population the efficient development and management of available water resources are of greater importance than ever before. The assessment of the environmental impact of such schemes is also crucial. A problem of this complexity requires powerful computational tools based on sound theory. This book introduces a large-scale water resources planning model capable of forecasting the environmental impacts of water schemes. Using this, readers can undertake an environmental impact assessment of various plans and then transform the outcome into a cost modifier that can subsequently be used in an economic model. The author also provides a large-scale application of the model to demonstrate its capabilities.


Contents

Introduction: Purpose of the book; Water-resources planning (WRP); Consideration of environmental issues in WRP; Need for practical tools to integrate environmental impacts into WRP; Arrangement of the book. Systems Analysis Techniques used in Water-Resources Planning: Basic concepts and history; Formulation of general optimisation problem; System analysis techniques used in water-resources planning; Illustrative examples of water-resources planning studies. Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Techniques: Basic concepts; Formulation of the general multi-criteria programming problem; History of MCDM techniques; Review of MCDM techniques; Selection of an appropriate MCDM technique; Applications of MCDM techniques to water-resources planning. Economic Valuation Techniques for the Environmental Impacts of Development Projects: Historical considerations; Theoretical basis of economic analysis; Identification and quantification of environmental impacts; Economic valuation techniques; Choosing the most appropriate technique; Applications of valuation techniques to water-related projects. Integration of Environmental Impacts into Water-Resources Planning: Treatment of environmental issues; The approach to integrate environmental objectives into planning models: conceptual basis; Use of Composite Programming to develop environmental impact factors. - Model Development for Environmental and Economic Water-Resources Planning: General considerations; The Environmental Impact Assessment model; Economic planning model; Overall model. Case Study - An Environmentally-Sensitive Water-Resources Plan for England and Wales: General considerations; Description of case-study area; Description of the NRA national water plan; The model used in the application; Environmental evaluation of the options; Model runs; Model results; Comments on case study.

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