Multi-Objective Planning: Great Lakes Water Policy Issues

by Jonathan W. Bulkley, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA,
L. A. Zimmerman, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA,
Paul Schmiechen, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA,
Pat Langeland, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


This paper reports upon the development of computer algorithms for multi-objective planning for Great Lakes water policy issues. Sample applications are presented for the control of phosphorus loadings to western Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay, and Lake Ontario. A further example is presented of using Multi-objective planning techniques to present the results of a previously performed detailed study regarding expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway. In all of these applications, the effort has been directed toward presentation of information to better inform decision-makers regarding the tradeoffs between different objectives.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Water policy | Water resources | Decision making | Computer programming | Algorithms | Probability | Great Lakes | Lake Erie | Lake Ontario

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