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Sustainable Water Resource Management and Participatory System Dynamics. Case Study : Developing the Palouse Basin Participatory Model

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  • Allyson Beall

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    (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Washington State University, P.O. Box 642812, Pullman, WA 99164, USA)

  • Fritz Fiedler

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    (Waters of the West, University of Idaho, P.O. Box 443002, Moscow, ID 83844, USA)

  • Jan Boll

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    (Waters of the West, University of Idaho, P.O. Box 443002, Moscow, ID 83844, USA)

  • Barbara Cosens

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    (Waters of the West, University of Idaho, P.O. Box 443002, Moscow, ID 83844, USA)

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    Abstract

    The complexity of explaining highly scientific information and juggling a plethora of social values is leading agencies and communities such as those in the Palouse Basin to explore the use of participatory modeling processes using system dynamics. Participatory system dynamics as a methodology creates a transparent nexus of science, policy options, social concerns and local knowledge that enhances discussion of issues surrounding the use of natural resources. The process of developing a systems model uses the tenets of scientific theory, hypothesis testing and clear statements of assumptions. A unique aspect of the Palouse basin project is the use of system dynamics to describe ground water dynamics in a sole source confined aquifer system. There are, as of yet, no standards for analyzing participatory modeling projects, therefore, we use case study analysis to describe the process, insights and qualitative measurements of success.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 (April)
    Pages: 720-742

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:3:y:2011:i:5:p:720-742:d:12183

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    Keywords: participatory modeling; collaborative modeling; system dynamics; ground water;

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    1. Allyson M. Beall & Andrew Ford, 2010. "Reports from the Field: Assessing the Art and Science of Participatory Environmental Modeling," International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change (IJISSC), IGI Global, vol. 1(2), pages 72-89, April.
    2. Krystyna Stave, 2010. "Participatory System Dynamics Modeling for Sustainable Environmental Management: Observations from Four Cases," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(9), pages 2762-2784, September.
    3. Videira, Nuno & Antunes, Paula & Santos, Rui, 2009. "Scoping river basin management issues with participatory modelling: The Baixo Guadiana experience," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(4), pages 965-978, February.
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