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An evidential reasoning-based sustainability index for water resources management

Author:
Jahanshahi, Sina, Kerachian, Reza
Source:
Hydrological sciences journal 2019 v.64 no.10 pp. 1223-1239
ISSN:
2150-3435
Subject:
basins, water management, water supply, Iran
Abstract:
Evidential reasoning (ER) is introduced as a new basis for developing and implementing sustainability indices (SI). The ER-based evaluations keep the merits of previous well-known sustainability indices and provide added values such as more accurate grade-based assessment and aggregation of performance criteria. The proposed modifications significantly improve the capability of the SI to scrutinize and differentiate various water-supply conditions. Available data from Gorganrud-Qaresou basin, northern Iran, are used to evaluate the applicability and efficiency of the sustainability index. The results of the proposed method are compared with two water resources sustainability indices with similar concepts but different bases. It is shown that the ER-based SI can better distinguish undesirable water-supply scenarios.
Agid:
6541013