A Linear Dynamic Programming Model for the Optimal Allocation of Water in Groundwater Dependent Areas

by Duane J. Rosa, West Texas State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


The purpose of this paper is to describe an efficient computer-aided planning method using linear and dynamic programming together with a finite difference groundwater model to determine the optimal temporal allocation of groundwater. To develop a model for groundwater demand, a linear dynamic programming (LDP) method is used to sweep out a series of profit maximizing temporal resource plans dependent upon the type of distribution system, the irrigation pumping capacity, the land area developed for irrigation, and the water supply-pumping lift situation. The LDP method combines the techniques of parametric linear programminf (PLP) and discrete dynamic programming (DP).

Subject Headings: Dynamic models | Hydrologic models | Groundwater | Computer programming | Water resources | Computer models | Irrigation systems | Water supply

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