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DOI 10.1002/ird.2337
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Title (Primary) Assessment of irrigation scheduling systems in Germany: Survey of the users and comparative study
Author Baroni, G.; Drastig, K.; Lichtenfeld, A.-U.; Jost, L.; Claas, P.
Source Titel Irrigation and Drainage
Year 2019
Department CHS
Volume 68
Issue 3
Page From 520
Page To 530
Language englisch
Keywords irrigation; modelling systems; surveys; assessment; Germany; irrigation; système de modélisation; enquêtes; évaluation; Allemagne
Abstract In Germany, the irrigation sector accounts for only 1% of water use. In recent years, however, this sector has attracted more attention due to the occurrence of severe drought periods. Irrigation scheduling systems could support adaptation strategies but little is known about current providers, performance and users. In this study we aimed to depict the current situation of the existence and functioning of irrigation scheduling systems available in Germany. Six methods were identified and assessed based on direct interviews with end‐users and a comparative analysis. The results showed a positive feedback from the users. However, the recommendations were rarely implemented, while only the seasonal irrigation requirement was considered to support actual water abstraction. These results were corroborated by the comparative analysis. Five of the six irrigation scheduling systems estimated the seasonal irrigation amount consistently, while wider differences were found by looking at the irrigation season and at the number of irrigations. Overall, it is found that irrigation support systems are valuable tools for supporting adaptation strategies to fast changes in agro‐environmental conditions. However, specific assessments based on real measurements should be considered in order to improve the performance of the systems and provide more consistent support to end‐users.
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Baroni, G., Drastig, K., Lichtenfeld, A.-U., Jost, L., Claas, P. (2019):
Assessment of irrigation scheduling systems in Germany: Survey of the users and comparative study
Irrig. Drain. 68 (3), 520 - 530 10.1002/ird.2337