2015 CSCE Annual Conference Regina - Building on our Growth Opportunities Conference
Dr. Evan Davies, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
This paper introduces the Bow River Basin Simulation Gaming Model (BRSGM) as a decision-support tool that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of various water management strategies. The model, the subject of this paper, contains the main water use sectors in the Bow River Basin – agricultural, municipal, industrial, recreational, and environmental sectors – and water supply, which are connected through water allocations and other water, land, financial management, and technology policies. Model outputs include indicators of basin-scale sustainability that integrate social, economic, and environment components at an annual time step, as well as important output variables for each water use sector, such as crop yields, agricultural profit, municipal water use, power generation, conventional oil and gas production, mining production, manufacturing value added, water recreational values in a representative reservoir park, and environmental water use. Thus, the model explicitly represents the connection between management strategies and the complex water resources system and provides a comprehensive view of the basin water sustainability in a social, economic, and environmental context. Finally, the model will be used as a component of a Bow River Basin water management simulation game – currently under development – to identify potential risks of alternative policy selections and improve participants’ understanding of the management trade-offs and feedbacks between different water sectors.