Special Issue "Increasing Agricultural Water Productivity in a Changing Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Interests: ecohydrology; hydrometeorology; evapotranspiration; stormwater harvesting; environmental tracers
Interests: Dr Huo’ researches mainly focus on agricultural hydrology process at multi-scales in arid and semi-arid area. Recently, his research is aim to understand agricultural water use and water productively under change environments including climate change and agricultural water saving activities. The research work include quantifying the relationship of crop water use- soil water (salt)-groundwater, developing agricultural hydrology model at field and irrigation scales, clarifying the response of regional evapotranspiration and groundwater to climate change and water saving irrigation.
Agricultural production to meet the increasing global demand for food and fibre is facing challenges due to the limits in arable cropland area and water availability, under a changing climate. Increasing water productivity, while maintaining high crop yields, seems to be a reasonable solution for areas where water resources are a constraint for crop productivity. This Special Issue calls for contributions on increasing water productivity through various measures, including, but not limited to, advanced irrigation techniques, improved agronomic practice and fertilization, optimized groundwater depth (where applicable), optimal irrigation water management, selecting new crop genotypes, elevated carbon dioxide concentration, and modified radiation conditions. Studies of policy and economic solutions for improving crop water productivity are also welcome.
In the literature, the term “water use efficiency” is sometimes used to refer to water productivity, which, in our opinion, has caused ambiguity and confusion. We thus invite discussion papers on how the terminology can be unified for better communication in crop water productivity. In this regard, Dr. Ragab Ragab, Vice President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, has kindly agreed to write a featured article. We will elect two more feature articles from submission to this Special Issue.
Dr. Huade Guan
Dr. Zailin Huo
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- Water use efficiency
- water productivity
- climate-smart agriculture
- water saving irrigation
- water management