Comparison of the performance of many different water resources management options based on four different objectives.
Comparing the performance of many different water resources management options, based on four different objectives (each one is a vertical axis). Each management alternative is represented as a line joining its score on the four axes. Credit: Cohen and Herman [2021], Figure 3
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Source: Water Resources Research

Cohen and Herman [2021] present a novel methodology for choosing and operating water resource systems into an uncertain future. This study represents a significant breakthrough in the field of climate adaptation. Their research examines multiple planning options and provides new insights into the performance of dynamic adaptation strategies.

The methodology is applied to the northern California reservoir system, to examine options for sustainably managing the contested water resources. The methods are transferable to other challenging water management situations. The authors offer a compelling comparative analysis between robust and non-robust adaptation policies, yielding insights on how to balance quick and correct adaptation.

Citation: Cohen, J. S., & Herman, J. D. [2021]. Dynamic adaptation of water resources systems under uncertainty by learning policy structure and indicators. Water Resources Research, 57, e2021WR030433. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR030433

—Jim Hall, Editor, Water Resources Research