Optimizing monthly ecological flow regime by a coupled fuzzy physical habitat simulation–genetic algorithm method

Sedighkia, Mahdi, Abdoli, Asghar, and Datta, Bithin (2021) Optimizing monthly ecological flow regime by a coupled fuzzy physical habitat simulation–genetic algorithm method. Environment Systems and Decisions, 41 (3). pp. 425-436.

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Abstract

The present study proposes and evaluates a fuzzy hydraulic habitat simulation–genetic algorithm method to optimize environmental flow regime with focus on diversion dam project. Proposed method develops an objective function that minimizes differences between habitat loss and water demand or project loss. Fuzzy physical habitat simulation was used to develop habitat loss function. Moreover, the genetic algorithm was utilized as optimization method. Based on results, minimum available environmental flow in dry seasons was approximately 15% of mean annual flow. However, its maximum would increase to 40% of mean annual flow in wet seasons. Reliability and vulnerability indices for supply of water demand were 80% and 34%, respectively, in the case study. Results of the proposed framework were compared with the Tennant method to demonstrate abilities for optimizing environmental flow. The most important advantage of proposed method is minimization of conflict between stakeholders and environmental advocators. In other words, the proposed method might be able to minimize negotiations to assess environmental flow regime.

Item ID: 70182
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2194-5411
Keywords: Fuzzy physical habitat simulation, Genetic algorithm, Loss function, Optimal ecological flow
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2021
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 02:08
FoR Codes: 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400513 Water resources engineering @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1803 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management > 180399 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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