Grant: $430,000 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 14, 2009
17% voted satisfied - 83% voted not satisfied - 6 vote(s) cast
Award Description: The motivation of this research is to understand the complex and dynamic interactions among population growth, water-energy nexus, climate change, and vulnerability, in a coupled human-environmental system. The main objective is the development of a new theoretical framework, based on systems approach, for sustainable management of water resources that will reduce the vulnerability of water infrastructure to climate related extreme events (floods, droughts). Based on this theoretical framework, a dynamic decision support system (DSS) will be developed using system dynamics modeling approach. This DSS will be used to evaluate vulnerability of infrastructure (water systems, flood control systems) to climate variability and change and to analyze different short- and long-term policies for sustainable (cost-effective, reduced energy and carbon footprints) management of water resources. This framework will potentially transform the way engineers and planners evaluate and choose water supply and infrastructure management projects, and will contribute to advancing engineering methods to promote smart growth. Vulnerability assessment of water infrastructure to climate change can benefit society by saving lives and reducing damage to property. Proposed project will provide research experience to graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 students. Stakeholders will participate in project design; results will be disseminated to scientific community and policy makers; and the public awareness on sustainable water management issues will increase through outreach activities. An interdisciplinary course on Sustainable Water Resources Management for graduate students and a water management simulation game for K-12 students will be developed. Significant societal benefits through the training of next generation of engineers in sustainable water management practices are anticipated.
Project Description: See Award Description. Project started on August 1st, 2009. Currently recruiting graduate students that will start from Spring 2010.
Jobs Summary: None (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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