A Systems Framework of Big Data Driving Policy Making – Melbourne’s Water Future

Written by peter@uwcs.com.au

July 31, 2014

SpatialCosts2050-featThis paper provides a snapshot of the integrated systems analysis of the Greater Melbourne region used to provide evidence for the Ministerial Advisory Council for the development of the Living Melbourne Living Victoria water policy and, the ultimate cabinet approval of the Melbourne’s Water Future strategy. The systems analysis was built on local scale (the people) inputs (a “bottom up” process) rather than traditional analysis of metropolitan water resources that commences with regional scale assumptions (a “top down” process). The process using Big Data within a Systems Framework has revealed a range of challenges and opportunities in the Australian water industry that were hitherto obscured by more generalised analysis techniques.

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Dr Coombes has spent more than 30 years dedicated to the development of systems understanding of the urban, rural and natural water cycles with a view to finding optimum solutions for the sustainable use of ecosystem services, provision of infrastructure and urban planning.

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