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Local storages: the impact on hydrology and implications for policy making in irrigation systems

Author:
Cai, Xueliang, Cui, Yuanlai, Dai, Junfeng, Luo, Yufeng
Source:
Water international 2012 v.37 no.4 pp. 395-407
ISSN:
1941-1707
Subject:
cost effectiveness, hydrology, irrigation management, irrigation systems, issues and policy, melons, models, vines, China
Abstract:
OASIS, an irrigation diagnosis model, is applied to the Zhanghe Irrigation System in central China to investigate the contribution of smaller local storages (in “melons on the vine” configuration) as compared with the main reservoir. Results show that local storages are more important in normal-to-wet years, while the main reservoir is critical in dry years, which implies a strong policy correction relevant to many parts of the world. Balanced investment in various storage infrastructures with associated management practices is a cost-effective strategy for irrigation development.
Agid:
336231