Working paper on hydrologic models in the courtroom
The quality and reliability of hydrologic modes is a regular feature of surface water and groundwater disputes that make it to the courtroom. These models can be enormously useful, but at the same time are often suspect because of their complexity and their lack of transparency. N this paper I wish to visit the question of whether and how courts could approach the use of models, including the assessment of models and their results, before formal proceedings commence. My underlying assumption is that an improved assessment process can lead to better models, and ultimately, to fairer and more ...
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