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Integrated Management of the South Oahu Aquifer System: A Spatial and Temporal Approach

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  • James Roumasset

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • Christopher Wada

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Abstract

Although the economics of groundwater management is typically modelled as a single aquifer serving a single group of consumers, resource managers must often decide how to manage multiple aquifers simultaneously. We propose a temporal and spatial model to determine the efficient allocation of groundwater when two coastal aquifers are available for exploitation. Along the optimal trajectory extraction may switch from single to simultaneous use, depending on how the total marginal cost of each resource evolves over time. A numerical simulation for the South Oahu aquifer system illustrates the switching behavior.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200902.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 01 May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:200902

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