Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Economic Responses to Water Scarcity in Southern California
by Bartolomeo, Eleanor Shea, M.S., University of California, Davis, 2011, 176; 1500010
Abstract (Summary)

Revisions were made to CALVIN, a hydro-economic optimization model of California’s intertied water delivery system, to better reflect year 2050 operating capacities and improve model accuracy. Revisions include changing how penalty equations are calculated, updating urban water rates, splitting urban demand areas into indoor and outdoor water use components statewide, and updating urban and agricultural demands and the conveyance network in southern California. This revision significantly updates cost and scarcity estimates, but does not significantly change the physical operation of the system.

This updated model is used to examine the economic effects on southern California of reducing or ending the State Water Project deliveries to southern California in 2050. SWP contactors without access to Colorado River water are the most affected, with the MWDSC member agencies having increased scarcity and agriculture and urban areas near the Colorado River being unaffected.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lund, Jay R.
Commitee: Bombardelli, Fabian, Younis, Bassam
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Economics, Civil engineering, Water Resource Management
Keywords: Calvin, Computer modeling, Optimization, Supply, Water allocation
Publication Number: 1500010
ISBN: 978-1-124-90644-7
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