Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
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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
Civil engineering; Environmental engineering
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Prashar, Dinesh Kumar, "A system dynamics approach to water resources planning and management in South Florida" (2008). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2424.