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Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Wetland Restoration Scenarios in the Lynn River Subwatershed of Norfolk County, Southern Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Wanhong, Yang Hopkins, Laura 2019-12-20T18:00:31Z 2019-12-20T18:00:31Z 2019-12 2019-12-17 2019-12-20
dc.description.abstract This research applies an integrated modelling approach, incorporating GIS, economic, and hydrologic modelling to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of wetland restoration scenarios in the 140 km2 Lynn River subwatershed in southern Ontario. Results from the Integrated Modelling for Watershed Evaluation of BMPs-Wetland (IMWEBs-Wetland) model show that under the historical climate scenario, wetland restoration decreases peak flow at the subwatershed outlet by an average 1.23 percent, and that individual wetland restoration locations retain local flows by an average 85 percent. The effects of low flow increases at the subwatershed outlet are not pronounced. The annual costs of wetland restoration were estimated with average opportunity costs, amortized restoration administration and engineering costs, and average inconvenience costs. The spatial distribution of wetland restoration cost-effectiveness shows locations that should be targeted for wetland restoration mainly due to their large contribution to peak flow decreases at the subwatershed outlet as well as low economic costs. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, University of Guelph, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Arthur D. Latornell Fund, Canadian Water Resources Association. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject IMWEBs en_US
dc.subject Norfolk County en_US
dc.subject Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) en_US
dc.subject Integrated Modelling en_US
dc.subject Wetland Restoration en_US
dc.subject Cost-Effectiveness en_US
dc.subject Peak Flow en_US
dc.subject Low Flow en_US
dc.title Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Wetland Restoration Scenarios in the Lynn River Subwatershed of Norfolk County, Southern Ontario en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Geography en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics en_US
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