Live Demonstration with Attendees Participation

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by Gustavo E. Diaz, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,
Marshall Flug, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,
Darrell G. Fontane, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources:

Abstract: An application of multi criterion decision making is demonstrated in an interactive environment with Conference participants attending this session. A common problem facing water resources management nowadays are conflicts arising from non-commensurate objectives for environmental concerns, natural, biologic, and recreation resources, as well as traditional and often times primary purposes for water development projects. To liven up the activities during this Conference session, each attendee will be assigned as a member of one of four special interest groups concerned about management and regulation of reservoirs in the case study. The Conference session is planned as a completely integrated unit which includes: a brief presentation of methodology; software available and how to use it; followed by a description of needed background specifics for a case study which exists in the real world; a rundown of the required procedure and inputs the audience will provide with regards to weighting of resource criteria; interactive analysis of impacts using the audience rankings of criteria; and a comparison of the preferred flow alternatives while attempting to select an alternative that is satisfactory to all four special interest groups. In the final analysis it is hoped that the experience will demonstrate the merits of employing multi criterion decision analysis techniques to help decision makers overcome conflicts in resources management.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Case studies | Water-based recreation | Resource management | Reservoirs | Decision making | Dispute resolution | Environmental issues |

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