Modelling for the complex issue of groundwater management

Anthony Jakeman, Rebecca Kelly, Jenifer Ticehurst, Rachel Blakers, Barry Croke, Allan Curtis, Baihua Fu, Alex Gardner, Joseph Guillaume, Madeleine Hartley, Cameron Holley, Patrick Hutchings, David Pannell, Sue Powell, Andrew Ross, Emily Sharp, Darren Sinclair, Alison Wilson

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Groundwater management is a complex issue that in many instances has all the features of messy or wicked problems. These are defined by there being multiple stakeholders and decision makers with competing and conflicting goals, and where the systems of interest are complex - being social, economic, and ecological - and are subject to a range of uncertainties caused by limited data, information and knowledge. Modellers can nevertheless play a key role in resolving and providing support for framing the issues of concern, clarifying decision options for managing environmental issues, and appropriately engaging with identified stakeholders. A key policy issue in Australia is how to deal with the over-allocation of groundwater in many catchments. In this paper we present the elements of an integrated approach to support the ongoing resolution of the over-allocation problem. With a collaborative multi-disciplinary research team we have developed an integrated model to identify the social, economic and environmental trade-offs in the Namoi catchment in Australia under various water policy decisions and climate variations. The model allows the exploration of adaptation mechanisms, identified by our social science team, that water users are likely to accept in order to minimise the impacts of climate change and reductions in their water allocation.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, SIMULTECH 2012 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 28 Jul 201231 Jul 2012


Conference2nd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, SIMULTECH 2012


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