Water: advanced irrigation technologies

Hedley, C. B. and Knox, J. W. and Raine, S. R. and Smith, R. (2014) Water: advanced irrigation technologies. In: Encyclopedia of agriculture and food systems, 2nd ed. Elsevier (Academic Press), San Diego, CA. United States, pp. 378-406. ISBN 978-0-444-52512-3


Limited opportunities to expand the volume of global freshwaters allocated to irrigation means that advanced irrigation technologies, aiming to improve efficiency of existing systems are needed, timely, and are of paramount importance. There is little scope for greater use of allocated global freshwaters for irrigation, due to unprecedented expansion since the 1950s, plus other multiple demands on that resource to meet higher living standards: projected as +400% (manufacturing), +140% (thermal electricity generation), and +130% (domestic use) by 2050 (OECD, 2012).
Providing for a further 2 billion people by 2050 will
challenge our ability to manage and restore natural assets,
including freshwaters, on which life depends (OECD, 2012).
Irrigation will need to support a projected 50% increase in
global food supply to feed the additional 2 billion people
(Jury and Vaux, 2007).

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 01:36
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 03:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: freshwater resources; irrigation; industry
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040603 Hydrogeology
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
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-52512-3.00087-5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26733

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