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Valuing drinking water provision as an ecosystem service in the neuse river basin

dc.contributor.author Elsin, YK
dc.contributor.author Jenkins, WA
dc.contributor.author Kramer, Randall A
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-23T18:11:09Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-01
dc.identifier.issn 0733-9496
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6743
dc.description.abstract The valuation of ecosystem services such as drinking water provision is of growing national and international interest. The cost of drinking water provision is directly linked to the quality of its raw water input, which is itself affected by upstream land use patterns. This analysis employs the benefit transfer method to quantify the economic benefits of water quality improvements for drinking water production in the Neuse River Basin in North Carolina. Two benefit transfer approaches, value transfer and function transfer, are implemented by combining the results of four previously published studies with data collected from eight Neuse Basin water treatment plants. The mean net present value of the cost reduction estimates for the entire Neuse Basin ranged from $2.7 million to $16.6 million for a 30% improvement in water quality over a 30-year period. The value-transfer approach tended to produce larger expected benefits than the function-transfer approach, but both approaches produced similar results despite the differences in their methodologies, time frames, study sites, and assumptions. © 2010 ASCE.
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000058
dc.title Valuing drinking water provision as an ecosystem service in the neuse river basin
dc.type Journal article
pubs.begin-page 474
pubs.end-page 482
pubs.issue 4
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Science & Society
pubs.organisational-group Economics
pubs.organisational-group Environmental Sciences and Policy
pubs.organisational-group Global Health Institute
pubs.organisational-group Initiatives
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 136


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