Groundwater economics: an object-oriented foundation for integrated studies of irrigated agricultural systems


Show simple item record Steward, David R. Peterson, Jeffrey M. Yang, Xiaoying Bulatewicz, Tom Herrera-Rodriguez, Mauricio Mao, Dazhi Hendricks, Nathan 2012-10-09T16:20:11Z 2012-10-09T16:20:11Z 2012-10-09
dc.description.abstract An integrated foundation is presented to study the impacts of external forcings on irrigated agricultural systems. Individually, models are presented that simulate groundwater hydrogeology and econometric farm level crop choices and irrigated water use. The natural association between groundwater wells and agricultural parcels is employed to couple these models using geographic information science technology and open modeling interface protocols. This approach is used to study the collective action problem of the common pool. Three different policies (existing, regulation, and incentive based) are studied in the semiarid grasslands overlying the Ogallala Aquifer in the central United States. Results show that while regulation using the prior appropriation doctrine and incentives using a water buy-back program may each achieve the same level of water savings across the study region, each policy has a different impact on spatial patterns of groundwater declines and farm level economic activity. This represents the first time that groundwater and econometric models of irrigated agriculture have been integrated at the well-parcel level and provides methods for scientific investigation of this coupled natural-human system. Results are useful for science to inform decision making and public policy debate. en_US
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dc.rights Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union. en_US
dc.subject Groundwater economics en_US
dc.subject Irrigated agriculture en_US
dc.subject Aquifer depletion en_US
dc.subject Ogallala Aquifer en_US
dc.title Groundwater economics: an object-oriented foundation for integrated studies of irrigated agricultural systems en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US 2009 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1029/2008WR007149 en_US
dc.citation.epage W05430 en_US
dc.citation.issue 5 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Water Resources Research en_US
dc.citation.spage W05430 en_US
dc.citation.volume 45 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jpeters en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid steward en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid tombz en_US

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