Review of dynamic water allocation systems

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Baillie, J. and Brodie, I.. 2011. "Review of dynamic water allocation systems." Banhazi, T., Saunders, C. and Hegarty, R. (ed.) SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions. Gold Coast, Australia 29 - 30 Sep 2011 Canberra, Australia.
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Review of dynamic water allocation systems

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBaillie, J. (Author) and Brodie, I. (Author)
EditorsBanhazi, T., Saunders, C. and Hegarty, R.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture (SEAg 2011)
Number of Pages8
Year2011
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
ISBN9780858259829
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.seagconference.com.au/
Conference/EventSEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions
Event Details
SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions
Event Date
29 to end of 30 Sep 2011
Event Location
Gold Coast, Australia
Abstract

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.

Keywordswater allocation management; dynamic systems; streamflow variability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400508. Infrastructure engineering and asset management
300207. Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
400513. Water resources engineering
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Centre for Sustainable Catchments
National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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