Twin Cities WRS Seminar

Bio-economic Modeling: Applications in Water Resources


Dr. Lucy Levers
Water Resources Center

November 16, 2018


Bio-economics, the combination of natural science and socio-economic data and methods, can be used to address a number of water resources issues. We will discuss two applications.  The first is modeling environmental-agricultural water transfers to the Salton Sea in California, a critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. The second is determining economic triggers to induce land use change from traditional row crops to more environmentally friendly species in Minnesota, with the goal of reducing nitrogen and sediment flows into the Mississippi River Basin, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.