A Decision Support System for Drought Management Planning

by Kirk S. Westphal,
Douglas R. Borgatti, P.E.,
Anthony W. Curto,
Richard L. Laramie, P.E.,
Robert A. Weimar, P.E.,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Water & Environmental Resources Congress 2003


Traditional drought management planning has focused on curtailment of demand by instituting voluntary or mandatory restrictions on water consumption when regional hydroclimatic indicators reach certain trigger levels. This study represents a systems approach to the expansion of traditional demand management by replacing regional climate indicators with system-specific probabilistic indicators of drought severity and by including operational supply management in response plans.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Urban and regional development | Systems management | Management methods | Decision support systems | Water use | Water shortage

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