Integrating All Aspects of Regional Water Systems

by Irving K. Fox, Dir.; Water Resour. Res. Ctr., Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 599-604

Document Type: Journal Paper


The natural scientist and economist are concerned through water resources system analysis with providing better information for making decisions about water use. The behavioral scientist is concerned with the interrelationship among factors determining what information is generated and how it is used in dealing with water resources. By integrating the study of physical biological subsystems, value impact subsystems (or economic subsystems), and institutional subsystems, an improved foundation for policy and institutional design can be provided. The paper outlines how this procedure was followed in a case study of the Upper Wisconsin River.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Case studies | System analysis | Foundation design | Water use | Biological processes | Economic factors | Rivers and streams | Wisconsin | United States

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