Resilience mapping of strategic water plans: A preliminary systems dynamics model

Richard A. Burgess, Mario G. Beruvides

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Abstract

In an attempt to make their systems more resilient to a plurality of pressures, it is not uncommon for municipalities to formulate strategic water plans (SWPs). Such plans are intended to mitigate uncertainty as well as ensure the long-term welfare and prosperity of the communities they serve. Current evidence suggests that these SWPs will become critically important to a community's continuity as water becomes increasingly scarce in both developed and developing countries. Resilience, however, is a complex target. Despite its ubiquity across multiple domains for the past several decades, questions regarding what is being preserved, for who/what, and for how long remain. The answers to such questions have important implications for water resource managers. In Part 1 of this paper, the authors examine the SWP for a medium sized community in a semi-arid region of the United States and analyze it through the lens of resilience. Specifically, the authors match the interventions proposed in the SWP to commonly prescribed resilience strategies. In Part 2, the authors propose a causal loop diagram that will serve as the foundation of a systems dynamics model intended to measure the efficacy of the resilience interventions canvassed in Part 1. The authors conclude Part 2 by identifying some assumptions and tensions discovered thus far. Addressing these in-depth constitute the next steps in the research project outlined here. The authors argue that the thoughtful application of systems thinking and tools can help ensure the ongoing availability of this critical common resource.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 International Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration
Subtitle of host publicationA Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019
EditorsE. Schott, H. Keathley, C. Krejci
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Management
ISBN (Electronic)9780997519563
StatePublished - 2019
Event2019 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration: A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2019Oct 26 2019

Publication series

Name2019 International Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration: A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019

Conference

Conference2019 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management and 40th Meeting Celebration: A Systems Approach to Engineering Management Solutions, ASEM 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period10/23/1910/26/19

Keywords

  • Resilience
  • Resilience strategies
  • Water resource management

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