Powerplant projects and sustainable development in patagonia

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Martin Schaffernicht
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Powerplant projects and sustainable development in patagonia

Post by Martin Schaffernicht » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:29 pm

Hi,

I'm trying to help a researcher in a project in the region of Aysen, chilean patagonia. Down there, there is hope that the phantastical natural scenery would allow for profitable and sustainable regional development of tourism. At the same time, Chile is in desperate need of electricity: demand is rising quickly and since virtually all rivers are already being exploited by power plants, there is now a huge project for this very region. Quite a dilemma, because the power plants woudl seriously compromise the beuaty of the ecosystem (and the possibility of tourismo development).

My colleague believes a SD modeling may help to improve how a set of indicators may develop over the next 15 years in a number of scenarios. As far as I can recall, I did not see papers about the subject in the SDR, but maybe some of you could help with references to work that could prove relevant to orient that effort.

Thanks,

Martin Schaffernicht
Talca, Chile

Tony Phuah
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Re: Powerplant projects and sustainable development in patagonia

Post by Tony Phuah » Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:12 am

If I am not mistaken, there is a similar case in Andrew Ford's book "Modeling the Environment" (1st edition). Its Appendix K "The Idagon Flight Simulators" (http://www.wsu.edu/~forda/AAIda.html) has multiple goals (http://www.wsu.edu/~forda/idagoals.html). You can download the model here: http://www.wsu.edu/~forda/downida.html.

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