Reducing evaporation losses

Schmidt, Erik (2009) Reducing evaporation losses. International Water Power and Dam Construction, 61 (10). pp. 38-39. ISSN 0306-400X


Australia is employing mitigation technologies to counter annual evaporation losses from irrigation storage dams and channels. Annual evaporation losses from these storages are estimated to be around 1.32GL/yr and up to 2.88GL/yr. A water balance approach provides a practical approach for estimating aggregate losses due to evaporation. The accuracy of this method depends greatly on the accuracy of the equipment used to measure the change in water depth. Monitoring systems and data analysis techniques have recently been commercialized by Aquatech Consulting as the Irrigate Seepage and Evaporation Meter. Chemical covers have been promoted as a low cost method to reduce evaporation losses. These products are generally biodegradable and there is a need to reapply frequently (between three and ten days). Monolayers also offer much potential for affecting evaporation savings but inconsistent evaporation saving performance has limited their adoption in Australia.

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Additional Information: © 2011 International Water Power and Dam Construction. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 06:06
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2014 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: water conservation; dams; water storage; monolayers; measuring loss; covers; irrigation; monitoring system; water budget
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401199 Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300201 Agricultural hydrology
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400513 Water resources engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management

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