Special Issue "Water Footprint of Crop Productions"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Use and Irrigation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 7 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hamideh Nouri
Guest Editor
Division of Agronomy, University of Göttingen, Von-Siebold-Strasse 8, 37075 Göttingen, Germany
Interests: evapotranspiration, water demand, water consumption, water footprint, water productivity, drought & aridity, water scarcity, water security, irrigation, application of in-situ, modelling and remote sensing approaches in water engineering and management
Dr. Alejandro Galindo
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Guest Editor
Department of Agroforestry Science. University of Seville, Ctra. Utrera Km 1, 41013 Seville, Spain
Interests: irrigation management; deficit irrigation; climate change; plant ecophysiology; water stress; water relations; water footprint; water use efficiency; water productivity; water saving; droughts and water scarcity; plant nutrition; evapotranspiration and plant modelling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

 Increasing global food demand has had major impacts on agricultural water management strategies during the past several decades. The resulting alterations often have helped to increase crop yields and total food production. However, it has not been without ecological consequences such as extensive overexploitation or contamination of limited freshwater resources.

The use of water for agriculture is increasing the severity of water scarcity in most areas and causing shortages even in areas having access to sufficient water resources but may suffer scarcities at certain times of the year or in specific years. Moreover, climate change is expected to disrupt hydrological regimes and the availability of fresh water, a fact that impacts both rainfed and irrigated agriculture. This is why water scarcity has received global attention recently as the most urgent food security issue.

Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to gather novel and recent studies looking at the water footprint of crop production. We are particularly interested in the use of the concept of water footprint to address water management challenges in agriculture in different geographical and climate settings. Submissions should seek to make progress in the application of water footprint studies in scarcity, sustainability, security, uncertainty, and equity studies on the field, basin, national, or global scales using in-situ, modelling, and remote sensing methods.

All types of manuscripts (original research, reviews, etc.) are welcome.

Dr. Hamideh Nouri
Dr. Alejandro Galindo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • water footprint assessment
  • water scarcity
  • water and food security
  • sustainability
  • water productivity
  • uncertainty and ambiguity
  • water footprint reduction strategies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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