Evaluating the potentials of deficit irrigation as an adaptive response to climate change and environmental demand

Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Moghaddasi, Mahnoosh (2011) Evaluating the potentials of deficit irrigation as an adaptive response to climate change and environmental demand. Environmental Science and Policy, 14 (8). pp. 1139-1150. ISSN 1462-9011


Water is increasingly becoming scarce due to competing demands from agriculture, industry, recreation and the environment. With increased concerns regarding climate change and environmental water demand, system managers and irrigators are being forced to consider deficit-irrigation options. This study illustrates the potentials of deficit irrigation as an effective adaptive response to climate change and environmental water demand in achieving efficiency gains, water saving and maximizing benefits that could be achieved at system level.
We compared three scenarios: optimization with full irrigation, optimization with deficit irrigation and deficit irrigation without optimization. A non-linear optimization model, which uses crop production function and profit functions endogenously, was used to evaluate the potential of deficit irrigation. The results show that optimization with deficit irrigation could result in both environmental flows and maximizing net returns objectives, increase overall water use efficiency, and therefore offer an effective adaptive response against climate change.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - No Department
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 06:14
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 01:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: deficit irrigation; non-linear programming; climate change adaptation; production function; profit function environmental water demand
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910206 Market-Based Mechanisms
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2011.07.007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19531

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