State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012HI361B
Title: Satisfying Growing Water Demand Through Integrated Groundwater and Watershed Management
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: 1
Focus Categories: Economics, Management and Planning
Keywords: integrated water resource management, watershed conservation, groundwater, climate change, dynamic efficiency, economic optimization
Principal Investigator: Burnett, Kimberly
Federal Funds: $ 10,503
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 21,146
Abstract: The proposed research would extend the traditional groundwater economics management model to include climate change and watershed conservation planning, and in doing so, improve assessments of the current and future states of groundwater scarcity on O'ahu, Hawai'i. Specifically, the framework would explore the sensitivity of economically optimal water management to declining groundwater recharge, as well as recommend demand and supply-side management strategies to delay the substitution of groundwater extraction with costly alternatives such as desalination. While the assessment using data from Hawai'i would be valuable to local resource management agencies, the envisioned transferable methodology would also be a useful tool for resource managers in other locales.

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