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

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  • Thomas Kaeo Duarte

    () (Kamehameha Schools)

  • Sittidaj Pongkijvorasi

    () (Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Economics)

  • James Roumasset

    () (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Economics Department)

  • Daniel Amato

    () (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Botany Department)

  • Kimberly Burnett

    () (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 sociopolitical 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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  • Thomas Kaeo Duarte & Sittidaj Pongkijvorasi & James Roumasset & Daniel Amato & Kimberly Burnett, 2010. "Optimal Management of a Hawaiian Coastal Aquifer with Near-Shore Marine Ecological Interactions," Working Papers 201021, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
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    1. Shawn Arita & Sumner La Croix & James Mak, 2012. "How Big? The Impact of Approved Destination Status on Mainland Chinese Travel Abroad," Working Papers 2012-3, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    2. James Roumasset & Christopher Wada, 2011. "Ordering Renewables: Groundwater, Recycling, and Desalination," Working Papers 201105, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    3. Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin & Kimberly Burnett & Christopher Wada, 2017. "Joint Management of an Interconnected Coastal Aquifer and Invasive Tree," Working Papers 2017-8, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    4. James Roumasset & Christopher Wada, 2012. "The Economics of Groundwater," Working Papers 201211, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    5. Edna Tusak Loehman, 2014. "Social Investment for Sustainability of Groundwater: A Revealed Preference Approach," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(9), pages 1-41, August.
    6. 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.
    7. Kimberly Burnett & James Roumasset & Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin & Christopher Wada, 2014. "Incentivizing interdependent resource management: watersheds, groundwater, and coastal ecology," Working Papers 2014-9, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    8. Kimberly Burnett & James Roumasset & Christopher Wada, 2014. "Cost Optimal Joint Management of Interdependent Resources: Groundwater vs. Kiawe (Prosopis pallida)," Working Papers 2014-6, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    9. James Roumasset & Christopher Wada, 2011. "Ordering Renewables: Groundwater, Recycling, and Desalination," Working Papers 201105, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies
    • D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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