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Optimal dynamic water allocation: Irrigation extractions and environmental tradeoffs in the Murray River, Australia

Chu, Hoang Long; Stewardson, Mike; Kompas, Thomas; Grafton, Quentin


A key challenge in managing semiarid basins, such as in the Murray-Darling in Australia, is to balance the trade-offs between the net benefits of allocating water for irrigated agriculture, and other uses, versus the costs of reduced surface flows for the environment. Typically, water planners do not have the tools to optimally and dynamically allocate water among competing uses. We address this problem by developing a general stochastic, dynamic programming model with four state variables (the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Water Resources Research
DOI: 10.1029/2010WR009786
Access Rights: Open Access


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