Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/581328
Title:
Three Perspectives on the Worth of Hydrologic Data
Author:
Kikuchi, Colin P.
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Embargo:
Release 01-Aug-2016
Abstract:
Data collection is an integral part of hydrologic investigations; yet, hydrologic data collection is costly, particularly in subsurface environments. Consequently, it is critical to target data collection efforts toward prospective data sets that will best address the questions at hand, in the context of the study. Experimental and monitoring network designs that have been carefully planned with a specific objective in mind are likely to yield information-rich data that can address critical questions of concern. Conversely, data collection undertaken without careful planning may yield datasets that contain little information relevant to the questions of concern. This dissertation research develops and presents approaches that can be used to support careful planning of hydrologic experiments and monitoring networks. Specifically, three general types of problems are considered. Under the first problem type, the objective of the hydrologic investigation is to discriminate among rival conceptual models, or among rival predictive groupings. A Bayesian methodology is presented that can be used to rank prospective datasets during the planning phases of a hydrologic investigation. Under the second problem type, the objective is to quantify the impact of existing data on reductions in parameter uncertainty. An inverse modeling approach is presented to quantify the impact of existing data on parameter uncertainty when the hydrogeologic conceptual model is uncertain. The third and final problem type focuses on data collection in a water resource management context, with the specific goal to maximize profits without imposing adverse environmental impacts. A risk-based decision support framework is developed using detailed hydrologic simulation to evaluate probabilistic constraints. This enables direct calculation of the profit gains associated with prospective reductions in system parameter uncertainty, and the possible environmental impacts of unknown bias in the system parameters.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Uncertainty analysis; Value of information; Hydrology; Monitoring networks
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Hydrology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Ferre, Paul A.

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleThree Perspectives on the Worth of Hydrologic Dataen_US
dc.creatorKikuchi, Colin P.en
dc.contributor.authorKikuchi, Colin P.en
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.releaseRelease 01-Aug-2016en
dc.description.abstractData collection is an integral part of hydrologic investigations; yet, hydrologic data collection is costly, particularly in subsurface environments. Consequently, it is critical to target data collection efforts toward prospective data sets that will best address the questions at hand, in the context of the study. Experimental and monitoring network designs that have been carefully planned with a specific objective in mind are likely to yield information-rich data that can address critical questions of concern. Conversely, data collection undertaken without careful planning may yield datasets that contain little information relevant to the questions of concern. This dissertation research develops and presents approaches that can be used to support careful planning of hydrologic experiments and monitoring networks. Specifically, three general types of problems are considered. Under the first problem type, the objective of the hydrologic investigation is to discriminate among rival conceptual models, or among rival predictive groupings. A Bayesian methodology is presented that can be used to rank prospective datasets during the planning phases of a hydrologic investigation. Under the second problem type, the objective is to quantify the impact of existing data on reductions in parameter uncertainty. An inverse modeling approach is presented to quantify the impact of existing data on parameter uncertainty when the hydrogeologic conceptual model is uncertain. The third and final problem type focuses on data collection in a water resource management context, with the specific goal to maximize profits without imposing adverse environmental impacts. A risk-based decision support framework is developed using detailed hydrologic simulation to evaluate probabilistic constraints. This enables direct calculation of the profit gains associated with prospective reductions in system parameter uncertainty, and the possible environmental impacts of unknown bias in the system parameters.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectUncertainty analysisen
dc.subjectValue of informationen
dc.subjectHydrologyen
dc.subjectMonitoring networksen
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineHydrologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorFerre, Paul A.en
dc.contributor.committeememberFerre, Paul A.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMaddock III, Thomasen
dc.contributor.committeememberMeixner, Thomasen
dc.contributor.committeememberVrugt, Jasper A.en
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