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Modelling Domestic Water Use in Metropolitan Areas Using Socio-Cognitive Agents

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LEQUIA, Institute of the Environment, University of Girona, 17004 Girona, Catalonia, Spain
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IIIA-CSIC Artificial Intelligence Institute of the Spanish National Research Council Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
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Department of Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain
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Academic Editor: Stefano Alvisi
Water 2021, 13(8), 1024; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081024
Received: 16 February 2021 / Revised: 17 March 2021 / Accepted: 26 March 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modelling of Drinking Water Treatments to Deal with Global Change)
In this paper, we present an agent-based model for exploring the interplay of basic structural and socio-cognitive factors and conventional water saving measures in the evolution of domestic water use in metropolitan areas. Using data of Barcelona, we discuss three scenarios that involve plausible demographic and cultural trends. Results show that, in the three scenarios, aggregate outcomes are consistent with available conventional modelling (while total water use grows, per capita water use declines); however, the agent-based simulation also reveals, for each scenario, the different dynamics of simple policy measures with population growth, cultural trends and social influence; thus providing unexpected insights for policy design. View Full-Text
Keywords: agent-based modelling; policy-design tools; scenario simulation; water use modelling; socio-hydrology agent-based modelling; policy-design tools; scenario simulation; water use modelling; socio-hydrology
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Perello-Moragues, A.; Poch, M.; Sauri, D.; Popartan, L.A.; Noriega, P. Modelling Domestic Water Use in Metropolitan Areas Using Socio-Cognitive Agents. Water 2021, 13, 1024. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081024

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Perello-Moragues A, Poch M, Sauri D, Popartan LA, Noriega P. Modelling Domestic Water Use in Metropolitan Areas Using Socio-Cognitive Agents. Water. 2021; 13(8):1024. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081024

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Perello-Moragues, Antoni; Poch, Manel; Sauri, David; Popartan, Lucia A.; Noriega, Pablo. 2021. "Modelling Domestic Water Use in Metropolitan Areas Using Socio-Cognitive Agents" Water 13, no. 8: 1024. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13081024

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