Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Committee Member

Sajjad Ahmad

Number of Pages



The primary aim of this research is to test a number of policy options to reduce water consumption in agricultural and municipal sectors, and quantify its impact on environmental supply. A System Dynamics model is developed to evaluate the sustainability of agricultural, municipal, and environmental water demands in South Florida. Performance criteria of vulnerability, resilience, and reliability, are used to measure the success of the policies. In addition, scenarios with varying precipitation and population growth rates are generated to account for uncertainty; The status-quo simulations run from 1970 to 2050 show a reduction in environmental flows after 2010. That can deteriorate the water resources and adversely impact water availability. Intervention scenarios show that conservation causes a significant improvement in environmental flows. However, agricultural interventions prove to be more successful as compared to municipal interventions in reducing the stress on the water resources.


Approach; Dynamic; Florida; Management; Planning; Resources; South; System; Water

Controlled Subject

Civil engineering; Environmental engineering

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3706.88 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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