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A dynamic water balance model for drought management: A case study of the Invitational Drought Tournament

  • Author / Creator
    Wang,Xuanru
  • System dynamics modelling provides an effective approach for water management, as shown in this thesis, using Agriculture Canada’s Invitational Drought Tournament (IDT) as a case study. The objectives of the research are to simulate basin-scale management of the fictitious Western Canadian “Oxbow Basin” and to obtain the responses of several environmental and socio-economic sub-systems to different drought management policies. The model represents five major sub-systems: population, municipal water use, agricultural water use and crop production, land use and water supply. Model use for an Invitational Drought Tournament adequately represented the basin-scale water use system of the Oxbow Basin and the broader consequences of drought policies, according to feedback from Agriculture Canada and student teams. Model development also helped to identify strengths and limitations of system dynamics models, as applied to basin-scale management. The IDT model was found to be a valuable tool for studying and simulating water management.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ST7F76B
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Water Resources Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Davies, Evan (Water Resources Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Davies, Evan (Water Resources Engineering)
    • Liu, Yang (Environmental Engineering)
    • Hicks, Faye (Water Resources Engineering)