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Zolfagharipoor M.A., Ahmadi A. (2016) A decision-making framework for river water quality management under uncertainty: Application of social choice rules, Journal of environmental management 183, 152-163.

A decision-making framework for river water quality management under uncertainty: Application of social choice rules.

Zolfagharipoor M.A., Ahmadi A.

Abstract

An important issue in river water quality management is taking into account the role played by wastewater dischargers in the decision-making process and in the implementation of any proposed waste load allocation program in a given region. In this study, a new decision-making methodology, called ‘stochastic social choicerules’ (SSCR), was developed for modeling the bargaining process among different wastewater dischargers into shared environments. For this purpose, the costs associated with each treatment strategy were initially calculated as the sum of treatment cost and the fines incurred due to violation of water quality standards. The qualitative simulation model (QUAL2Kw) was then used to determine the penalty function. The uncertainty associated with the implementation of strategies under the economic costs (i.e., the sum of treatment and penalty costs) was dealt with by a Monte-Carlo selection method. This method was coupled with different social choice methods to identify the best solution for the waste load allocationproblem. Finally, using the extended trading-ratio system (ETRS), the most preferred treatment strategy was exchanged among dischargers as the initial set of discharge permits aimed at reducing the costs and encouraging dischargers to participate in the river water quality protection scheme. The proposed model was finally applied to the Zarjoub River in Gilan Province, northern Iran, as a case study. Results showed the efficiency of the proposed model in developing waste load allocation strategies for rivers.

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Month/Season: 
March
Year: 
2016

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