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The Role of ICT in Improving Sequential Decisions for Water Management in Agriculture

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Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Viale Fanin 50, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna, Via delle Belle Arti 41, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Water 2018, 10(9), 1141; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091141
Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 20 August 2018 / Accepted: 22 August 2018 / Published: 26 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digitalisation of Water Management in Agriculture)
Numerous Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) applications have been developed in irrigated agriculture. While there are studies focusing on ICTs impacts at the farm level, no research deals with this issue at the Water Authority (WA) level where ICTs can support strategic decisions on land and water allocation. The present study aims to design a theoretical model to estimate economic benefits from the ICT-informed decision process of water management in agriculture. Specifically, the study analyzes the motivations driving a case study WA using ICTs to support strategic management decisions involving risky choices. Results show that the WA under investigation has potentialities to save water and to implement adaptation strategies to climate change. Higher benefits from ICTs are attainable in areas with limited water availability and where the WA can effectively manage land allocation and control water delivery volumes. The study concludes that ICTs might have a disruptive potential in fulfilling WA’s specific information needs, but there is still a need to improve their accuracy due to the risk surrounding the decisions at stake. View Full-Text
Keywords: ICT; water management; Bayesian decision theory; climate change; irrigated agriculture ICT; water management; Bayesian decision theory; climate change; irrigated agriculture
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Cavazza, F.; Galioto, F.; Raggi, M.; Viaggi, D. The Role of ICT in Improving Sequential Decisions for Water Management in Agriculture. Water 2018, 10, 1141. https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091141

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Cavazza F, Galioto F, Raggi M, Viaggi D. The Role of ICT in Improving Sequential Decisions for Water Management in Agriculture. Water. 2018; 10(9):1141. https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091141

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Cavazza, Francesco, Francesco Galioto, Meri Raggi, and Davide Viaggi. 2018. "The Role of ICT in Improving Sequential Decisions for Water Management in Agriculture" Water 10, no. 9: 1141. https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091141

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