Metagame Analysis of Water Resources Conflicts

by Keith W. Hipel, Ph.D., Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Waterloo, ON, Canada,
R. K. Ragade, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Systems Design, Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON,
T. E. Unny, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 10, Pg. 1437-1455

Document Type: Journal Paper


Metagame analysis is an operations research technique that reconstructs classical game theory on a nonquantitative basis to analyze real world political conflicts. Since water management problems ultimately require a political decision, the metagame analysis algorithm can be used to solve water resources problems. A quantitative optimization method, integer programming, is integrated with the political (i.e., metagame) analysis so as to arrive at a solution to a dam allocation problem that is not only technically and economically feasible, but also politically feasible.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Political factors | Quantitative analysis | Game theory | Dispute resolution | Water management | Algorithms | Water policy

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