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FLFP: A fuzzy linear fractional programming approach with double-sided fuzziness for optimal irrigation water allocation

Zhang, Chenglong, Guo, Ping
Agricultural water management 2018 v.199 pp. 105-119
case studies, financial economics, irrigation water, models, uncertainty, water allocation, watersheds, China
In this study, a fuzzy linear fractional programming (FLFP) approach with double-sided fuzziness is developed for optimal irrigation water allocation under uncertainty. The FLFP model can be derived from incorporating double-sided fuzzy chance-constrained programming (DFCCP) into linear fractional programming (LFP) optimization framework. The developed model can deal with uncertainty presented as fuzziness in both right-hand and left-hand sides of constraints. Moreover, it has advantages in: (1) addressing two objectives directly without considering subjective factors, (2) effectively reflecting economic water productivity between total system economic benefit and total irrigation water use, (3) introducing the concept of confidence levels of fuzzy constraints-satisfaction under both the minimum and maximum reliabilities to generate more flexible solutions and (4) facilitating in-depth analysis of interrelationships among economic water productivity, system benefits and varying confidence levels. The model is applied to a case study of irrigation water allocation in the middle reaches of Heihe River Basin, northwest China. The optimal irrigation water allocation solutions from the FLFP model can be obtained. These results can provide decision-support when deciding on selecting reasonable irrigation water resources management and agricultural production.