Educational applications of decision support simulations for water basins
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractEducational tools to assist the public in recognizing decision impacts of water policy in a realistic context are not generally available. This project developed systems modeling based educational decision support simulation tools to fill this void. The goal of this model is to teach people about the implications of water management alternatives so that they can make more knowledgeable decisions. The model is based in Powersim, a dynamic simulation software package capable of producing web-accessible, intuitive, graphic, user-friendly interfaces. Modules are included to represent residential, agricultural, industrial, and turf uses, as well as non market values, water quality, reservoir, flow, and climate conditions. Supplementary materials emphasize important concepts and lead learners through the model. The model was used in a University of Arizona undergraduate class and within the Arizona Master Watershed Stewards Program. Evaluation results demonstrated improved understanding of concepts and system interactions, fulfilling the project's objectives.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Hydrology and Water Resources