Resilience-based performance metrics for water resources management under uncertainty

Tom Roach, Zoran Kapelan, Ralph Ledbetter

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Abstract

This paper aims to develop new, resilience type metrics for long-term water resources management under uncertain climate change and population growth. Resilience is defined here as the ability of a water resources management system to ‘bounce back’, i.e. absorb and then recover from a water deficit event, restoring the normal system operation. Ten alternative metrics are proposed and analysed addressing a range of different resilience aspects including duration, magnitude, frequency and volume of related water deficit events. The metrics were analysed on a real-world case study of the Bristol Water supply system in the UK and compared with current practice. The analyses included an examination of metrics’ sensitivity and correlation, as well as a detailed examination into the behaviour of metrics during water deficit periods. The results obtained suggest that multiple metrics which cover different aspects of resilience should be used simultaneously when assessing the resilience of a water resources management system, leading to a more complete understanding of resilience compared with current practice approaches. It was also observed that calculating the total duration of a water deficit period provided a clearer and more consistent indication of system performance compared to splitting the deficit periods into the time to reach and time to recover from the worst deficit events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Water Resources
Volume116
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Performance metrics
  • Reliability
  • Resilience
  • Water resources management
  • Water supply

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