Minimising evaporation loss from irrigation storages

Pittaway, Pam and Hancock, Nigel and Scobie, Michael and Craig, Ian (2018) Minimising evaporation loss from irrigation storages. In: Advances in agricultural machinery and technologies. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Boca Raton, United States, pp. 289-306. ISBN 978-1-4987-5412-5


Viewed via satellite or aircraft, a landscape feature of most warm countries around the world is the considerable number of glistening storages used for stock watering, and particularly, irrigation. Such storages are almost always shallow, these being defined as having a water depth of less that 5m when full. Evaporation rages for shallow open water in Australia are generally within the range of 2-5m annually, i.e. a major proportion of the stores volume. Estimates of the total fresh water to do 10% to 30% of the total water utilised for agricultural purposed (Gallego-Elvira et al, 2011). since 60% to 80 % of available fresh water is consumed for the purposes of irrigation, this amounts to a very great deal of water globally. the challenge is on for engineers as well as farmers to meet water and food security requirement for a predicted world population of 10 billion people by 2050. Minimising loss of water from irrigation storages therefore remains an issue of obvious priority.

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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 05:33
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Uncontrolled Keywords: evaporation, water loss, dam monitoring
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300201 Agricultural hydrology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1803 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management > 180305 Ground water quantification, allocation and impact of depletion

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