South Florida Water, Sustainability and Conservation Scenarios

SF-WSC is a research project developing water planning methods which explicitly consider climate change and which treat 'green' and 'gray' infrastructure in a balanced and objective fashion.  

The approach is built on the concept of full cost accounting.  Unlike conventional methods, we carefully quantify ecosystem services, including the human and ecological benefits of healthy ecosystems.   We also quantify the potential benefits of various proposed water management infrastructure elements and policies.    Cost and benefits are then subject to "stress testing" under a variety of detailed hydrological scenarios, including periods of drought and flooding under high climate change.  

We synthesize results using a framework known as "robust decision-making" or RDM which allows us to identify high-performing options which are robust in a range of possible futures.