Using Geospatially-Enabled Decision Analysis to Assess Regional Threats to Water Stability

Authors: Heather Speight*, USACE / AGC, Demetra Voyadgis, USACE
Topics: Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: water, water security, stability operations, watershed, multi-criteria decision analysis, human-environment interactions, geospatially-enabled
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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In this paper, we explore the relationship between water security and stability operations, as defined in broadly US military doctrine. This paper seeks to define a new term – water stability – that complements existing Army understandings of water security by expanding beyond Army installations and investigating how water considerations impact regional stability. Finding existing indices insufficient for Army needs, this paper puts forth an analysis framework for assessing water stability aligned with doctrine-defined stability indicators and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified watershed health indicators. This paper then demonstrates the usefulness of geospatially-enabled multi-criteria decision analysis in applying frameworks rooted in human-environment interactions to highlight potential sources of instability at the watershed scale.

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