Optimizing the Removal of Small Fish Passage Barriers

O'Hanley, J. and Tomberlin, C. (2005) Optimizing the Removal of Small Fish Passage Barriers. Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 10 (2). pp. 85-98. ISSN 1420-2026. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Removing small artificial barriers that hinder upstream migrations of fish is a major problem in riparian habitat restoration. Because of budgetary limitations, it is necessary to prioritize barrier removal and repair decisions. These have usually been based on scoring and ranking procedures, which, although simple to use, can be very inefficient in terms of increasing the amount of accessible instream habitat. We develop a novel decision-making approach, based on integer programming techniques, which optimizes repair and removal decisions. Results show based on real datasets of barrier culverts located in Washington State that scoring and ranking is over 25% below the optimum on average and a full 100% below in the worst case, producing no net habitat gain whatsoever. This is compared to a dynamic programming method that was able to find optimal solutions in less than a second, even for problems with up to several hundred variables, and a heuristic method, which found solutions with less than a 1% average optimality gap in even less time

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Operations Research - Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Jesse O'Hanley
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 16:18
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:48
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/11976 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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