A Decision Support System for Drought Management Planning

by Kirk S. Westphal,
Douglas R. Borgatti, P.E.,
Anthony W. Curto,
Richard L. Laramie, P.E.,
Robert A. Weimar, P.E.,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Water & Environmental Resources Congress 2003

Abstract: Traditional drought management planning has focused on curtailment of demand by instituting voluntary or mandatory restrictions on water consumption when regional hydroclimatic indicators reach certain trigger levels. This study represents a systems approach to the expansion of traditional demand management by replacing regional climate indicators with system-specific probabilistic indicators of drought severity and by including operational supply management in response plans.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Systems management | Water demand | Probability | Decision support systems

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