Alternative Water Resource Systems in the Lower Mekong

by Kanchit Chaemsaithong, Systems Analyst Engr.; Mekong Secretariat, ECAFE, Bangkok, Thailand,
Lucien Duckstein, Prof.; Dept. of Systems and Industrial Engrg. and Dept. of Hydr. and Water Resour., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ,
Chester C. Kisiel, (M.ASCE), Deceased; formerly Prof.; Dept. of Systems and Industrial Engrg. and Dept. of Hydr. and Water Resour., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ,


Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 3, Pg. 461-475


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The paper illustrates a systematic method to evaluate alternative water resources systems with particular reference to the development of water resources in the Lower Mekong Basin. This method has been inspired by Kazanowski's cost-effectiveness approach. In the evaluation process, the development goals that may be of an economic or social nature are explicitly stated and transformed into specifications. The approach requires that distinct alternatives be sought and compared using both quantitative and qualitative criteria. A decision to select an alternative can be reached by use of a fixed-cost or fixed-effectiveness approach. Sensitivity analysis in the approach takes into account uncertainty in hydrologic and economic data.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Sensitivity analysis | Economic factors | Hydrologic data | Basins | Social factors | Uncertainty principles | Data analysis

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