Water and Energy Footprint of Irrigated Agriculture in the Mediterranean Region

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Source:
Environmental Research Letters
Authors:
A Daccache
J S Ciurana
J A Rodriguez Diaz
J W Knox
Date:
15 December 2014

Irrigated agriculture constitutes the largest consumer of freshwater in the Mediterranean region and provides a major source of income and employment for rural livelihoods. However, increasing droughts and water scarcity have highlighted concerns regarding the environmental sustainability of agriculture in the region. An integrated assessment combining a gridded water balance model with a geodatabase and GIS has been developed and used to assess the water demand and energy footprint of irrigated production in the region.