Marketing Western Water: Can a Process Based Geographic Information System Improve Reallocation Decisions?

Posted: 29 Nov 2001

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Olen Paul Matthews

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Louis Scuderi

University of New Mexico - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

David S. Brookshire

University of New Mexico - Department of Economics

Kirk Gregory

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Seth Snell

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Kate Krause

University of New Mexico - Department of Economics; Honors College

Janie M. Chermak

University of New Mexico - Department of Economics

Bradley Cullen

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Michael Campana

University of New Mexico - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Abstract

Reallocating water is a politically sensitive issue in the western United States. Changes from agricultural uses to urban or environmental uses are occurring, but the process tends to polarize competing water users, thus creating barriers to reallocation. Other barriers are inherent in the appropriation doctrine, and some barriers exist because of poor data or inadequate science. These barriers could be more easily overcome and the process made less political if the impacts of change were better known. Water users frequently resist change because of the uncertainty change brings. The biophysical and behavioral models currently used to predict the impacts of change do not account for spatial complexity or information uncertainty in ways that overcome legal and other barriers to reallocation. An integrated approach that couples a spatial and temporal framework to biophysical, institutional, and behavioral science can reduce uncertainty. Process based geographic information systems can fill that role by allowing impacts to be assessed more accurately. A better understanding of impacts will potentially facilitate reallocation decisions in a water market setting.

Suggested Citation

Matthews, Olen Paul and Scuderi, Louis and Brookshire, David S. and Gregory, Kirk and Snell, Seth and Krause, Kate and Chermak, Janie M. and Cullen, Bradley and Campana, Michael E., Marketing Western Water: Can a Process Based Geographic Information System Improve Reallocation Decisions?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=287442

Olen Paul Matthews (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography ( email )

Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Louis Scuderi

University of New Mexico - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences ( email )

Albuquerque, NM
United States

David S. Brookshire

University of New Mexico - Department of Economics ( email )

1915 Roma NE/Economics Building
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Kirk Gregory

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Seth Snell

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Kate Krause

University of New Mexico - Department of Economics ( email )

1915 Roma NE/Economics Building
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Honors College ( email )

107 Humanitites Building
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1221
United States

Janie M. Chermak

University of New Mexico - Department of Economics ( email )

1915 Roma NE/Economics Building
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Bradley Cullen

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Michael E. Campana

University of New Mexico - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences ( email )

Albuquerque, NM
United States

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