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Economics of water conservation in irrigated landscapes

Authors: Charles Sims · Augustina Odame
Owners: Charles Sims · iUTAH Data Manager
Resource type:Generic
Created:Nov 04, 2017 at 1:58 a.m.
Last updated: Dec 20, 2017 at 12:11 a.m. by iUTAH Data Manager


The purpose of this research effort is to improve understanding of two key drivers of water use in irrigated landscapes: 1) irrigation technology adoption and 2) irrigation district hierarchies. The methodology used to address the first driver focuses on integrating economic models of optimal investment with hydrologic models of annual streamflow. Specifically, this approach quantifies how streamflow trends and streamflow variability influence the adoption of more efficient irrigation technologies in three watershed in Cache Valley. This improved understanding of the influence of streamflow trends and variability can be used to predict how one specific form of climate adaptation (uptake of water-saving irrigation technologies) will evolve in response to climate trends and variability. The methodology used to address the second driver is an agent-based model of the behaviors of canal district managers and owners. This methodology allows us to specify both economic and non-economic behaviors employed by three agent types (canal manager, residential water users, agricultural water users) in a specific canal in Cache Valley. The model accounts for realistic hydrologic aspects of the canal, the hierarchical relationship between canal managers and water users, as well as the variety of water use objectives held by owners of the canal company. This research provides an initial glimpse of the relative importance of institutions, social norms, and economics in water use decisions. These research efforts help solidify the links between RFA2 and RFA3.

Subject Keywords

canal,irrigation,economics,climate,agent based modeling,Cache Valley

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Sims, C., A. Odame (2017). Economics of water conservation in irrigated landscapes, HydroShare, http://www.hydroshare.org/resource/21ebbfc07d914528a18067564d26d01f

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     Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:  WGS 84 EPSG:4326
     Coordinate Units:  Decimal degrees
    Place/Area Name: Cache Valley

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    The people or organizations that created the intellectual content of the resource.

    Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
    Charles Sims University of Tennessee
    Augustina Odame Utah State University


    This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
    Agency Name Award Title Award Number
    National Science Foundation iUTAH-innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability 1208732


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