The Headwaters Lecture series brings internationally known water resources scholars to campus to discuss frontier research issues with the University's water community.
Human Behavior and the Economics of Groundwater Conservation
Dr. Jordan Suter
Colorado State University
Friday, October 4, 2019, 3:00pm
Groundwater resources are increasingly being relied upon for the provision of drinking water and inputs to irrigation. In many areas, demand for groundwater exceeds natural recharge, which is leading to declines in the availability of these important resources. As management organizations seek to sustain groundwater resources, it is important to understand the tradeoffs associated with the various conservation options that are available. This presentation discusses the importance of linking models of human behavior and physical models of groundwater systems to understand the implications of specific groundwater management strategies over time. Results related to conservation policy tradeoffs will be discussed in the context of the Ogallala Aquifer in the high plains region of the US. In addition to highlighting the implications for groundwater management, future research challenges and opportunities related to hydro-economic modeling will be discussed.