Level-B Multiobjective Planning for Water and Land

by Yacov Y. Haimes, (F.ASCE), Prof.; Systems Engrg. Dept., Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, Ohio,
Kai Sung, Sr. Engr.; Xerox Corp., Webster, N.Y.,
Prasanta Das, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Environmental Sci., Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pg. 385-401

Document Type: Journal Paper


The models represent economic development and environmental quality related to water quality and land use planning, and are formulated in a multiobjective optimization framework. The economic objectives constitute the cost of point and nonpoint-source pollution abatement, and other related land activities. The environmental quality sector includes the following noncommensurable objectives: (1)Soil erosion and sediment control; (2)control of phosphorus discharge from point and nonpoint sources; (3)abatement of biological oxygen-demanding material from point sources; (4)enhancement of land-based recreational opportunities; (5)maintenance of wildlife habitat; and (6)flood control. The trade-offs analysis was carried out using the Surrogate Worth Trade-off (SWT) method. The planning framework was developed for the Maumee River Basin Level-B Study. A recommended plan with its associated trade-off values are presented. The decision-maker's (Planning Board) role in obtaining a basin-wide plan is discussed.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Water management | Land use | Optimization models | Economic factors | Frames | Nonpoint pollution | Soil pollution

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