Integrated management is the key to the sustainable development of Europe^ TMs water resources. But this approach means that decisions must be considered not only in environmental terms, but also in the light of their economic, social, and political impacts. The problem is to find a practical way to link these different factors together. MERIT will develop an integrated, water resource management methodology that meets this challenge. The methodology will be based on Bayesian belief networks, a type of model-based decision support system already used routinely in the fields of medicine and artificial intelligence. To track the success of management decisions a set of quantifiable water resource indicators will be incorporated into the networks. We will demonstrate the technique in 4 catchments where stakeholder groups will contribute to the design and content of each network. The result will be a computer-based, generic, management tool based.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
B15 2TT Birmingham