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Historical Calibration of a Water Account System

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  • Timothy M Baynes
  • Graham M Turner
  • James West

    () (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Australia)

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Models that are used for future based scenarios should be calibrated with historical water supply and use data. Historical water records in Australia are discontinuous, incomplete and often incongruently disaggregated. We present a systematic method to produce a coherent reconstruction of the historical provision and consumption of water in Victorian catchments. This is demonstrated using WAS: an accounting and simulation tool that tracks the stocks and flows of physical quantities relating to the water system. The WAS is also part of, and informed by, an integrated framework of stocks and flows calculators for simulating long-term interactions between other sectors of the physical economy. Both the WAS and related frameworks consider a wide scope of inputs regarding population, land use, energy and water. The physical history of the water sector is reconstructed by integrating water data with these information sources using a data modelling process that resolves conflicts and deduces missing information. The WAS allows strategic exploration of water and energy implications of scenarios of water sourcing, treatment, delivery and end use cognisant of historical records.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:cse:wpaper:2009-04
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    1. Graham Turner & Timothy Baynes & Bertram McInnis, 2010. "A Water Accounting System for Strategic Water Management," Water Resources Management: An International Journal, Published for the European Water Resources Association (EWRA), Springer;European Water Resources Association (EWRA), vol. 24(3), pages 513-545, February.
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    1. Graham Turner & Timothy Baynes & Bertram McInnis, 2010. "A Water Accounting System for Strategic Water Management," Water Resources Management: An International Journal, Published for the European Water Resources Association (EWRA), Springer;European Water Resources Association (EWRA), vol. 24(3), pages 513-545, February.
    2. Seona Candy & Che Biggs & Kirsten Larsen & Graham Turner, 2015. "Modelling food system resilience: a scenario-based simulation modelling approach to explore future shocks and adaptations in the Australian food system," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Springer;Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 5(4), pages 712-731, December.

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    Keywords

    water accounting; stocks and flows; historical time series; data modelling; calibration;

    JEL classification:

    • C88 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other Computer Software
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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