Economic basis of resource information systems: The case of streamflow network design

Water Resources Research
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Abstract

A general method for the economic design of natural resource information systems is presented for a certain class of natural phenomena. The system design is determined by the interaction of the technical input‐output relationship, i.e., the production function, the set of resource constraints, and an economic loss function defined in terms of parameter uncertainty. An application of the proposed method to streamflow network design is presented. Results of this analysis indicate that the method is fairly robust with respect to the assumptions. Observations are made which suggest extensions to flood measurement networks, long‐term precipitation networks, and seismic observation network design.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Economic basis of resource information systems: The case of streamflow network design
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/WR013i002p00273
Volume 13
Issue 2
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 273
Last page 280