Predicting water allocations and trading prices to assist water markets

Khan, Shahbaz and Dassanayake, Dharma and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Hanjra, Munir A. (2010) Predicting water allocations and trading prices to assist water markets. Irrigation and Drainage, 59 (4). pp. 388-403. ISSN 1531-0353


Uncertain water allocations and water trading prices are a key constraint to efficient irrigated cropping and water
trading decisions. This study shows that neural network models can reasonably forecast seasonal allocations and
trading prices in water markets. These models can complement other forecasting techniques such as regression
analysis and time series models as the former can better capture the non-linearities in the water trading system.
Using a 50% probability risk factor for water variability, the water allocation model showed minor estimation error;
however, in one instance the model underestimated the water allocation by 21%. This may be due to exceptionally
low initial water allocations and borrowing of water from future years which was outside the training data sets.
Similarly, the water trading price forecast model showed modest estimation error of about 11% during 2004/05
probably due to drought. Overall the models have good water allocation and price forecasting accuracy, and the
determinants of water trading prices identified by the neural network models are those expected of the econometric
models/economic theory.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 12:12
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: irrigation; water allocation; temporary water trade; quarterly water prices; artificial neural networks; water markets; economic; forecast
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140303 Economic Models and Forecasting
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300299 Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
38 ECONOMICS > 3802 Econometrics > 380203 Economic models and forecasting
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
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