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A Water Accounting System for Strategic Water Management

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  • Graham M Turner
  • Timothy M Baynes
  • Bertram C. McInnis

    (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Australia)

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This paper describes a water accounting system (WAS) that has been developed as an innovative new tool for strategic long-term water management. The WAS incorporates both disaggregated water use and availability, provides a comprehensive and consistent historical database, and can integrate climate and hydrological model outputs for the exploration of scenarios. It has been established and tested for the state of Victoria in Australia, and can be extended to cover other or all regions of Australia. The WAS is implemented using stock-and-flow dynamics, currently employing major river basins as the spatial units and a yearly time step. While this system shares features with system dynamics, learning is enhanced and strategic management of water resources is improved by application of a Design Approach and the structure of the WAS. We compare the WAS with other relevant accounting systems and outline its benefits, particularly the potential for resolving tensions between water supply and demand. Integrated management is facilitated by combination with other stocks and flows frameworks that provide data on key drivers such as demography, land-use and electricity production.

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  • Graham M Turner & Timothy M Baynes & Bertram C. McInnis, 2008. "A Water Accounting System for Strategic Water Management," Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series 2008-14, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.
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    1. Michael McAleer & Felix Chan & Les Oxley, 2013. "Modeling and Simulation: An Overview," Working Papers in Economics 13/18, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
    2. Timothy M Baynes & Graham M Turner & James West, 2009. "Historical Calibration of a Water Account System," Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series 2009-04, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.
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    Keywords

    water accounts; stocks and flows; water budgets; decision support systems; strategic management;
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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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