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Augustina Odame


Utah State University


Research Topic

Modeling Water-Use Behavior Under Uncertainty


iUTAH Research Focus Area



Faculty Advisor

Charles Sims



This study will investigate day-to-day water-use behavior in the Wasatch Region Metropolitan Area (WRMA) using an agent-based approach to allow a more flexible representation of wateruse behavior. Longer-term decisions to invest in irrigation infrastructure will be analyzed using financial economic models to understand how water-use behaviors adapt to social and natural sources of uncertainty.



Augustina is a doctoral student of the Applied Economics Department at Utah State University, with an emphasis in Natural Resource Economics. She received her bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon, where she served as a research and teaching assistant following her undergraduate career. Augustina held positions as a vice-presidential doctoral research fellow and as a departmental graduate research assistant at Utah State University prior to her current position as an iUTAH EPSCoR graduate research fellow. Her research interests include modeling the impact of social and natural uncertainty on economic behavior relating to the management and use of natural resources, which she has explored greatly working with her supervisor, Dr. Charles Sims.




Modeling Water-Use Behavior Under Uncertainty
Modeling Water-Use Behavior  Under Uncertainty
Presented by: Augustina Odame

September 2012

Uncertainty and Water-Use Behavior in the WRMA
Uncertainty and Water-Use Behavior  in the WRMA
Presented by: Augustina Odame

March 2013