Adelaide Seminar alert - Prof Patrick Reed, Cornell University - Friday 23rd February

February 7, 2018

The title of Prof Reed's talk is: "Reducing regional water supply vulnerabilities and multi-city robustness conflicts when confronting a deeply uncertain future"

Emerging water scarcity concerns in southeastern US are associated with several deeply uncertain factors, including rapid population growth, limited coordination across adjacent municipalities and the increasing risks for sustained regional droughts. Managing these uncertainties will require that water utilities identify regionally coordinated, scarcity-mitigating strategies that trigger the appropriate actions needed to avoid water shortages and financial instabilities. The focus area is the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, seeking to engage four water utilities in cooperative and robust regional water portfolio planning.

This research advances a multi-stakeholder, Many-Objective Robust Decision Making (MORDM) framework to better account for deeply uncertain factors when identifying cooperative management strategies. Results show that the sampling of deeply uncertain factors in the computational search phase of MORDM can aid in the discovery of management actions that substantially improve the robustness of individual utilities as well as the overall region to water scarcity. Cooperative water transfers, financial risk mitigation tools, and coordinated regional demand management must be explored jointly to decrease robustness conflicts between the utilities.

This Seminar is open for all to attend.

Date: Friday 23rd February

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Location: N132 - Engineering North, The University of Adelaide

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