Agent-Based Modeling for Water Resources Planning

Using water management case studies from the Klamath River, southeastern England, Kenya and the Jordan River Valley, this NOVA project is examining potential linkages between Agent-based modeling and water resource systems models, such as WEAP.

In most water resource planning efforts, water demand is considered to be exogenous to the analysis, being either set or assumed to vary according to some externally derived scenario narrative.

The human behavior which creates water demand is rarely simulated as part of the analysis, yet this behavior is often influenced by the evolving state of the water resources being consumed. Agent-based modeling (ABM) is one analytical framework that can be used to simulate water user behavior.

Client: SEI (NOVA)

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