An integrative case study approach between game theory and Pareto frontier concepts for the transboundary water resources allocations

Kucukmehmetoglu M.

Journal of Hydrology, vol.450-451, pp.308-319, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 450-451
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.04.036
  • Journal Name: Journal of Hydrology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.308-319
  • Keywords: Game theory, Linear programming, Multi-objective programming, Pareto Frontier Surface, The Euphrates and Tigris, Transboundary water resources allocation
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


In the context of transboundary issues, this paper introduces a composite water resources allocation approach that integrates both game theory and Pareto frontier concepts over the case of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. The proposed approach searches for an acceptable and viable solution set over the Pareto Frontier Surface via game theory based rationality constraints. For this purpose, the used base model is the Euphrates and Tigris River Basin Model, which is a linear programming model maximizing net economic benefits while optimally allocating scarce water resources in the basin. Results indicate that game theory based strategies and associated constraints provide a determinative backbone for an efficient and effective use of generated Pareto Frontier Surfaces. Additionally, estimated marginal values imply that the upstream countries have upper hand positions regarding their geographic and climatic contexts. After all the generation schemes, it appears that Turkey is the critical partner for inclusion into any form of coalition in the Euphrates and Tigris River Basin. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.