Articles | Volume 19, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 675–689, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-675-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 675–689, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-675-2015

Research article 03 Feb 2015

Research article | 03 Feb 2015

Protecting environmental flows through enhanced water licensing and water markets

T. Erfani et al.

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ED: Reject (23 Jul 2014) by Yanpeng Cai
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Aug 2014) by Alberto Guadagnini
AR by Olga Binions on behalf of the Authors (09 Oct 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (13 Oct 2014) by Alberto Guadagnini
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (29 Oct 2014)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (18 Nov 2014) by Alberto Guadagnini
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (01 Dec 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 Dec 2014) by Alberto Guadagnini
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This paper simulates river basin water markets under two licensing regimes: fixed volumetric allowances and scalable licensing with dynamic environmental minimum flow requirements. The model is applied to the Great Ouse River basin in eastern England, with each water user from four main sectors represented individually. The results suggest that the scalable licensing system is more effective in protecting environmental flows, at the opportunity cost of 10-15% of economic benefits to water users.