Multicriteria analysis of water allocation in a river basin: The Tchebycheff Approach

Noel P. Greis, Eric F. Wood, Ralph E. Steuer

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A new interactive multiple objective methodology is applied to the seasonal water allocation problem. Linear optimization and filtering procedures are combined within a multiobjective frame‐work in order to identify nondominated solutions associated with randomly sampled criteria vectors. The procedure samples from the entire nondominated set, not just the set of nondominated extreme points, by computing the nondominated criteria vector that is closest to an ideal criteria vector according to a weighted Tchebycheff metric. Unlike many other multicriteria methods, the Tchebycheff procedure is capable of finding solutions of highest utility which may not correspond to extreme point solutions. The procedure is applied to the problem of water allocation in a river basin where a large number of conflicting objectives, including environmental objectives, compete for the available supply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-875
Number of pages11
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology


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