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CSEI publishes Systems Approach to Regional Water Planning working Paper

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CSEI publishes Systems Approach to Regional Water Planning working Paper

It is with great pleasure that we are launching our long-anticipated Working Paper titled Systems Approach to Regional Water Management – the first in a new series from the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI) at Imperial College London. This work is the outcome of a fruitful and strategic collaboration with the Environment Agency and Mott MacDonald. As such, it is an excellent example of collaboration across academia, government, and private sector – of the type needed to address the world's increasingly complex problems drawing on the collective insights from multiple stakeholder perspectives.  

The paper explains a three-step process for integrated planning for water resources. Specifically: 

    • Agree and align common metrics, goals and planning assumptions
    • Undertake integrated modelling to assess water management options
    • Combine the options into an integrated portfolio. 

The work draws on: 

    • Collaboration between the Environment Agency and CSEI at Imperial College London in developing a water system meta-model and water systems mapping 
    • Research undertaken by CSEI in developing WSIMOD, a new integrated water system model 
    • Research undertaken by Mott MacDonald for the Environment Agency on applying systems thinking to the OXCAM arc
    • Further pioneering work by Mott MacDonald for Defra, the EA and WRSE on applying systems approaches to practical projects.

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The Working Paper is available to download here.

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Reporter

Jeni Giambona

Jeni Giambona
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering