OPTIMAL MANAGEMENT OF A REGIONAL
King Fahd University of Petroleum &, Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, King Fahd Univ of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
This paper describes the formulation and application of a ground-water hydraulic management model to determine the optimal development and operating policies of a regional aquifer in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The hydraulic response of the aquifer system is represented by a simulation model that is linked to an optimization management model using response functions. Yearly optimal ground-water extraction rates over a planning horizon of 15 years are determined for four scenarios, each reflecting alternative ground-water development policies. The results are presented in the form of tradeoff curves, relating drawdowns to optimal pumpage.