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WARPLAM DSS: using cluster analysis as an approach to delineate IWRM regions




Coelho Maran, Ana Carolina, author
Fontane, Darrell, author
Vlachos, Evan, author
Labadie, John, author
Braga, Benedito, author
Colorado State University, publisher

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The lack of uniform and integrated water resources regions is a critical issue, especially in transboundary water regions and federative countries. Overlaying levels of planning and management, as a result of uncoordinated water resources regions, hamper Integrated Water Resources Management. In order to harmonize multiple objectives and better represent the interaction between environmental, socio-economic, political and historical aspects, it becomes imperative to define appropriate territorial limits for water resources planning and management. The present study introduces an approach to support the process of delineating water resources regions. It is based both on recognition of more comprehensive aspects and incorporation of those aspects into a decision support system. This paper describes how cluster analysis is applied in the model design. Dynamic Programming is selected as the suitable method to be combined with Cluster Analysis to improve the algorithm efficiency.


2010 annual AGU hydrology days was held at Colorado State University on March 22 - March 24, 2010.
Includes bibliographical references.

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water resources planning and management
decision support systems
cluster analysis
dynamic programming


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