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Keywords:

  • Bayesian belief networks;
  • Ambiguity;
  • Group model building;
  • Adaptive groundwater management;
  • Guadiana

Abstract

In integrated groundwater management, different knowledge frames and uncertainties need to be communicated and handled explicitly. This is necessary in order to select efficient adaptive groundwater management strategies. In this connection, Bayesian belief networks allow for integration of knowledge, for engaging stakeholders and for dealing with multiple knowledge frame uncertainties. This is illustrated for the case of the Upper Guadiana Basin, Spain, where Bayesian belief networks with stakeholder involvement were used for dealing with the ambiguities related to sustainable groundwater exploitation. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2012; 8: 430–444. © SETAC