An Applied Microsimulation Model: Exploring Alternative Domestic Water Consumption Scenarios

  • Paul Williamson
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


Microsimulation is now a long-established tool for the evaluation, projection and retrospective analysis of a diverse range of subjects including kinship networks (Zhao, 1996), income redistribution (Nelissen, 1998), firm evolution (Tongeren, 1995) and mammography screening programs (Szeto and Devlin, 1996). This chapter describes the application of a microsimulation approach to the estimation of household water demand for small areas. Section 13.2 reviews the nature of this problem and outlines the structure of the remainder of the chapter in more detail. Section 13.3 presents a justification for the preference of a microsimulation approach over other demand forecasting techniques in this context. But first it is appropriate to consider the role of microsimulation within the wider regional science context.


Water Consumption Water Demand Household Water Ownership Rate Domestic Water Demand 
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