Balancing Severe Decision Conflicts under Climate Extremes in Water Resource Management
Principal Investigator (s): Lisa Dilling & Kasprzyk, Rangwala, Gordon, Averyt (University of Colorado; Kaatz, Basdekas (Colorado Springs Utilities)
Year Initially Funded: 2014
Sector: Water Resources (SARP-Water)
Locatio: Colorado Front Range
The PIs seek to explore the production and implementation of a promising new multiobjective decision support framework by working with Colorado water utilities to co-produce a testbed tool and decision making experiment. The tool will be used to balance conflicting management objectives for water planning under climate extremes and determine how policy alternatives perform under severe climate uncertainty. By combining innovative search algorithms, simulation models, and interactive visualizations, the proposed decision tool efficiently generates and evaluates new alternatives, promotes managers’ learning about system tradeoffs and vulnerabilities, and can support more informed decisions in anticipation of future extreme events. Working with utilities to design and test the framework will enable researchers to learn about opportunities and barriers to incorporating this new tool, and new information in general, into the water management decision making process.
Annual Project Report: Dilling (6.2015).docx