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Optimal Management of a Hawaiian Coastal Aquifer with Near-Shore Marine Ecological Interactions

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  • Thomas Kaeo Duarte

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    (Kamehameha Schools)

  • Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin

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    (Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Economics)

  • James Roumasset

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • Daniel Amato

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    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany)

  • Kimberly Burnett

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    (University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization,)

Abstract

We optimize groundwater management in the presence of marine consequences of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD). Concern for marine biota increases the optimal steady-state head level of the aquifer. The model is discussed in general terms for any coastal groundwater resource where SGD has a positive impact on valuable near-shore resources. Our application focuses of the Kona Coast of Hawai’i, where SGD is being actively studied and where both near-shore ecology and groundwater resources are serious socio-political issues. To incorporate the consequences of water extraction on nearshore resources, we impose a safe minimum standard for the quantity of SGD. Efficient pumping rates fluctuate according to various growth requirements on the keystone marine algae and different assumptions regarding recharge rates. Desalination is required under average recharge conditions and a strict minimum standard, and under low recharge conditions regardless of minimum standards of growth.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa in its series Working Papers with number 2010-08.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hae:wpaper:2010-08

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Keywords: groundwater management; marine ecology; dynamic optimization; safe minimum standard; sustainability science.;

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  1. James Roumasset & Christopher Wada, 2012. "The Economics of Groundwater," Working Papers 201211, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
  2. Roumasset James & Wada Christopher A, 2011. "Ordering Renewable Resources: Groundwater, Recycling, and Desalination," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 11(1), pages 1-29, May.

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