Water Resources Planning and Management

Oral Abstract

Systems Strategies for Sustaining the Security of Water Supplies with Fewer Surprises

Wednesday, January 4
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Location: Chu Feng Hall

It once seemed as if the planet had such boundless supplies of oil, water, trees and land that we didn’t need to worry about them. But of course, we’re learning the hard way that none of those things are infinite, and the price we’ve paid so far for using them is going up fast. We’re having to conserve, treat, reuse, find alternatives for and generally get smarter about how we use those natural resources.  Furthermore we must do it in ways that do not lead to temperatures and other aspects of our increasingly fragile climate that are outside the ranges life can thrive, or even survive.  


If we systems analysts working on natural resource planning and management issues can’t address these broader global issues, even partially, and in ways that lead to beneficial actions, what’s our value?  Our literature is full of novel and often useful modeling approaches for identifying and evaluating alternative water and environmental resource systems designs, plans and policies.  Is this enough? This paper and talk is devoted to ways we might, and in my opinion should, as a discipline, extend this modeling expertise of us to become both more efficient and effective in making a positive differences for all of us in our world.  

Daniel P. Loucks


Cornell Univ

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