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Event Scheduled for Feb 1, 2013

Event: Environmental Engineering Colloquium Series Presents a Special Presentation - "Integrated Systems Analysis: A Necessity for Sustainable Water Resources Development"

Location: CAST 212

Time: 12:00 pm

Details of Event:
"Integrated Systems Analysis: A Necessity for Sustainable Water Resources Development" presented by Kaveh Madani, Ph.D. (Water Resources Management Faculty Candidate). An Assistant Professor from Alex Alexander
in the Hydro-Environmental & Energy Systems Analysis (HEESA) Research Group, in the Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Water resources systems are comprised of interacting and dynamic social, economic, political, and bio-physical subsystems. Successful management of water resources systems requires an integrative approach that provides a holistic understanding of these complex systems and the evolving interdependencies among their subsystems. To achieve sustainable water resources, managers and policy makers must understand how various human activities affect water resources and how variable hydrology affects humans’ well-being. For decades, water resources professionals have developed and used models to address water resources problems. While early water resources modeling efforts focused on representing hydrologic processes, more recent interdisciplinary efforts have led to increasing complexity and integration of environmental, social, and economic system components. Yet water resources models are still evolving in terms of approach, application, and ability to provide managers and policy makers with actionable results in a timely fashion and at reasonable cost. At the end of the day, what changes as a result of the modeling study? I will discuss my recent contributions that use various systems analysis methods to inform water resources management, operations, and/or policy making. First, by brief presentation a few case studies, I will demonstrate how simulation, optimization, game theory, and system dynamics models provide robust tools to integrate and study the major physical and socioeconomic aspects of water resources systems at different scales. Then, I will discuss how new understandings and valuable insights can be reached through integrated water resources systems modeling, and why integrated multi-disciplinary water resources systems analysis, planning and management, can enhance decision-making, conflict resolution, and sustainable development in a changing world. Finally, to underline the utility of systems analysis in providing insights for policy making and practical problem solving I will present our latest findings on adaptation of California’s hydropower to climate change with considerable effects on the hydrological regime, snowpack volume, and energy demand/pricing across the state.

Kaveh Madani is an Alex Alexander assistant professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Water Resources from Lund University in Sweden, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Tabriz in Iran. Before joining the UCF, he was a post-doctoral research fellow in Environmental Economics and Policy at the Water Science and Policy Center at the University of California, Riverside. His core research interests and experiences include integrated water, environmental, and energy resources engineering and management. Madani’s work includes application of systems engineering, conflict resolution, system dynamics, economics, optimization as well as simulation and modeling methods to water, environmental, and energy resource problems at different scales to derive policy and management insights. He is the founder of WaterSISWEB, the founding coordinator of the Hydro-Environmental and Energy Systems Analysis (HEESA) Research Group, and the Faculty Advisor of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Chapter at UCF. Madani has been recently selected as one of the ten “New Faces of Civil Engineering in 2012” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Target Audience: Open to All

Sponsored By: Environmental Engineering Program

Pamphlet/Flyer: No Pamphlet/Flyer Available

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