Review of dynamic water allocation systems

Baillie, J. and Brodie, I. (2011) Review of dynamic water allocation systems. In: SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, 29-30 Sep 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Australian water allocations have developed under the assumption of climate stationarity, typically using a fixed volumetric approach to define water entitlements. These systems are limited in their ability to adapt to increased streamflow variability. As an alternative, dynamic water allocation systems geared to exploit the benefits of a relatively wet year and with the capacity to contract as water becomes scarce, have the potential to be robust across an uncertain climatic future.

A review was undertaken of international and Australian experiences in implementing dynamic water allocation systems in response to increasingly variable streamflows. Most dynamic water allocation approaches are designed to increase the yield of regulated river systems by incorporating seasonal climate prediction tools to estimate likely seasonal water availability. Centralised decision making and a conservative approach to risk associated with likely future streamflows are common.

An opportunity exists for research into alternative dynamic water allocation systems that can be implemented in river systems with both regulated and waterharvesting allocations, that devolves the risk management associated with water availability to the individual water user and shares the impact of variable streamflows between both consumptive water users and the environment.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 02:19
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 00:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: water allocation management; dynamic systems; streamflow variability
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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