Special Issue "Agricultural Groundwater Resources Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water, Agriculture and Aquaculture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Prosperi
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Department SAFE, University of Foggia, via Napoli 25, 71122 Foggia, Italy
Interests: water economics; water policy; rural development; social innovation; agricultural economics; farm management; bioeconomy
Dr. Giacomo Giannoccaro
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science (DiSAAT), University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, via Amendola 165/a, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: agricultural and resource economics; food policy; water policy; groundwater; consumer acceptation
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Dr. Ivan Portoghese
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Water Research Institute, National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), via Via F. De Blasio,570132 Bari, Italy
Interests: hydrological characterization in Mediterranean environments, modelling of water resource management with particular regard to groundwater

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the objective of providing a comprehensive review of the recent developments in the various aspects of groundwater resource management for agricultural use, we would like to call for submissions to a Special Issue addressed to scientific communities, industrial sectors, consultants and practitioners. Submissions of original research papers, short communications, research/industrial notes, and state-of-the-art literature review articles are welcome.

Despite the fact that farmers of irrigated agricultural are the main water users, their activity is widespread and difficult to monitor and control. Therefore, one of the most relevant issues in groundwater management is the lack of reliable accounting systems, without which a concrete, science-based management approach cannot be pursued and effective governance mechanisms cannot be established. The aim of this call is to collect contributions which may focus on the following challenges:

—direct and indirect assessment of water abstraction for agricultural uses;

—direct and indirect assessment of the release of pollutants from agricultural activities;

—dynamic modelling of groundwater recharge;

—science-based decision making processes, with stakeholders involvement and/or participation;

—monitoring and control frameworks at the basin level, based on the integration of already existing data (i.e. big data);

—integration of implicit knowledge with scientific information, to activate farmers’ participation in the governance of local basins;

—modelling of farmers’ behaviour.

We invite contributions from a wide range of disciplines tackling any of these issues. However, manuscripts that take a comparative perspective and/or multidisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Submissions may focus on any aspect of groundwater management, including:

—achievement of good status in terms of quality and quantity at the basin level;

—economic, social, and environmental sustainability of agricultural systems;

—community-based management systems;

—low-cost solutions based on the integration of already-existing official/certified data;

—alternative solutions for groundwater pricing in agriculture.


FAO (2003); Groundwater Management—The Search for Practical Approaches, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, ISBN 92-5-104908-4, Rome.

FAO (2017): Water for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, ISBN 978-92-5-109977-3.

Giannoccaro G., Prosperi M., Scardigno A. (2017): Economic analysis of the long-term effects of groundwater salinity: bringing the farmer`s perspectives into policy, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, vol.14(1), pp.59-72.

Lawell C.Y.L. (2016): The Management of Groundwater: Irrigation Efficiency, Policy, Institutions, and Externalities. Annual Review of Resources Economics, vol.8, pp. 247-259.

Wijnen M., Augeard B., Hiller B., Ward C., Huntjens P. (2012): Managing the Invisible, Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance - Draft Report, World Bank Water Paper, World Bank.

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Prosperi
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Giannoccaro
Dr. Ivan Portoghese
Guest Editors

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  • integration of big datasets
  • governance at the community level
  • dynamic modelling
  • irrigation groundwater metering
  • monitoring and control in agriculture
  • economics of groundwater
  • groundwater management policies

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Agricultural Water Policy during Drought: A Strategy for Including Groundwater Permits in Future Irrigation Buyout Auctions in the Flint River Basin
Water 2019, 11(1), 151; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11010151 - 16 Jan 2019
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Georgia’s Flint River Basin has water management challenges from extensive groundwater pumping for agriculture and in-stream flow requirements. The state has experimented with buying out irrigation permits through auctions. Past auctions were relegated to surface water permits. Recently, the state has allowed groundwater [...] Read more.
Georgia’s Flint River Basin has water management challenges from extensive groundwater pumping for agriculture and in-stream flow requirements. The state has experimented with buying out irrigation permits through auctions. Past auctions were relegated to surface water permits. Recently, the state has allowed groundwater permit holders to participate in future auctions. The Flow-Impact Offer (FIO) developed in this paper provides a way to reconcile the disparate impacts of groundwater and surface water withdrawals on in-stream flows when comparing offers in a buyout auction. The techniques suggested here to operationalize the FIO are applicable to other regions of the world as well. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Groundwater Resources Management)
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