Practical Experience in the Probabilistic Based Management of Large Water Resources Systems

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by Peter H. van Niekerk, Dep of Water Affairs, South Africa,
Marthinus S. Basson, Dep of Water Affairs, South Africa,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology:

Abstract: Probabilistic tools to assist with the management of large water resource systems in South Africa were developed and applied during the last decade. Acceptance today is not only due to the sound theory underpinning the technique but also because of the methods deployed to communicate findings to decision makers and interested and affected parties, aided by a number of cases where decisions had led to substantial cost savings. A better understanding of the system by all had the added advantage of improving cooperation, even across borders.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | Probability | Team building | Underpinning | Economic factors | Developing countries | Decision making | South Africa | Africa

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