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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
doi:10.5194/hess-2017-107
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13 Mar 2017
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This discussion paper is under review for the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS).
Socio-hydrology from the bottom up: A template for agent-based modeling in irrigation systems
Dimitrios Bouziotas and Maurits Ertsen Delft University of Technology, Water Resources Department, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5048, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands
Abstract. Based on a review of key concepts in agent-based modeling for irrigation systems and coupled human-water systems in general, this study presents a proof of concept of an agent-based model based on the existing Irrigation Management Game. After the modeling philosophy and main characteristics are outlined, a number of pilot applications are presented and evaluated. Following the evaluation of the results, future steps that could be incorporated in the model are discussed. The proposed template offers a bottom-up approach to socio-hydrological modelling design, as individual agent behavior explicitly co-shapes the response of the water system, which allows the discovery of emergent dynamics and the conditions under which these are produced. The concepts explained and modeled at a proof-of-concept level in this work serve as a call to the socio-hydrological community to expand its modeling efforts to the agent level.

Citation: Bouziotas, D. and Ertsen, M.: Socio-hydrology from the bottom up: A template for agent-based modeling in irrigation systems, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/hess-2017-107, in review, 2017.
Dimitrios Bouziotas and Maurits Ertsen
Dimitrios Bouziotas and Maurits Ertsen
Dimitrios Bouziotas and Maurits Ertsen

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Based on a review of key concepts in agent-based modeling, this study presents a proof of concept of an agent-based model based on the existing real setting of the Irrigation Management Game. The proposed template offers a bottom-up approach to socio-hydrological modeling design, as individual agent behavior explicitly co-shapes the response of the whole system, thus allowing the discovery of emergent dynamics and the exploration of suitable cooperation strategies in irrigation networks.
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