Design of a State-Level Water Use Forecasting Model

Janet J. Wineman
David C. Major

DOI: 10.2190/G8EF-JBCJ-N0JU-8GAM


The selection criteria, design, and data for use in a water resources forecasting model for a state (Massachusetts) in which modeling techniques have not been used for water resource planning on a large scale are described. The recommended model, a requirements forecasting model based on employment and population growth, was selected to meet criteria of: compatibility between data availability and the requirements of the model; ease of understanding and use; compatibility with existing planning systems; usefulness at various levels of planning; and flexibility for further development and integration with other models. It can be viewed as the first step toward the development of an integrated long-term water resources planning system for a state.

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