United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage
Simulation/optimization (S/0) models can be used to speed the process of computing long term groundwater pumping strategies. These combined models can also greatly ease the planning tasks of water management agencies. They make the process of computing optimal perennial yield groundwater management strategies fairly straightforward. S/0 models dramatically improve conjunctive water management and can help minimize the cost of groundwater contaminant clean-up. The differences between S/0 models and the simulation (S) models currently used by over 98 % of practitioners are illustrated with recent applications of S/0 models in regional planning.
Peralta, R.C. and L.S. Willardson. 1992. Optimizing ground water planning and management. USCID Newsletter, Apr/Jul 92, pp. 5-9.