A tool for efficient, model-independent management optimization under uncertainty

Environmental Modelling and Software
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To fill a need for risk-based environmental management optimization, we have developed PESTPP-OPT, a model-independent tool for resource management optimization under uncertainty. PESTPP-OPT solves a sequential linear programming (SLP) problem and also implements (optional) efficient, “on-the-fly” (without user intervention) first-order, second-moment (FOSM) uncertainty techniques to estimate model-derived constraint uncertainty. Combined with a user-specified risk value, the constraint uncertainty estimates are used to form chance-constraints for the SLP solution process, so that any optimal solution includes contributions from model input and observation uncertainty. In this way, a “single answer” that includes uncertainty is yielded from the modeling analysis. PESTPP-OPT uses the familiar PEST/PEST++ model interface protocols, which makes it widely applicable to many modeling analyses. The use of PESTPP-OPT is demonstrated with a synthetic, integrated surface-water/groundwater model. The function and implications of chance constraints for this synthetic model are discussed.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A tool for efficient, model-independent management optimization under uncertainty
Series title Environmental Modelling and Software
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.11.019
Volume 100
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Wisconsin Water Science Center
Description 9 p.
First page 213
Last page 221
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