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Basin Irrigation Design with Multi-Criteria Analysis Focusing on Water Saving and Economic Returns: Application to Wheat in Hetao, Yellow River Basin

Published on Jan 13, 2018in Water 2.52
· DOI :10.3390/w10010067
Qingfeng Miao3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Haibin Shi3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 1 AuthorsLuís Ferreira Pereira5
Estimated H-index: 5
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Abstract
The sustainability of the Hetao Irrigation System, located in the water scarce upper Yellow River basin, is a priority considering the need for water saving, increased water productivity, and higher farmers’ incomes. The upgrading of basin irrigation, the main irrigation method, is essential and includes the adoption of precise land levelling, cut-off management, improved water distribution uniformity, and adequate irrigation scheduling. With this objective, the current study focuses on upgrading wheat basin irrigation through improved design using a decision support system (DSS) model, which considers land parcels characteristics, crop irrigation scheduling, soil infiltration, hydraulic simulation, and environmental and economic impacts. Its use includes outlining water saving scenarios and ranking alternative designs through multi-criteria analysis considering the priorities of stakeholders. The best alternatives concern flat level basins with a 100 and 200 m length and inflow rates between 2 and 4 L s−1 m−1. The total irrigation cost of designed projects, including the cost of the autumn irrigation, varies between 2400 and 3300 Yuan ha−1; the major cost component is land levelling, corresponding to 33–46% of total irrigation costs. The economic land productivity is about 18,000 Yuan ha−1. The DSS modelling defined guidelines to be applied by an extension service aimed at implementing better performing irrigation practices, and encouraged a good interaction between farmers and the Water Users Association, thus making easier the implementation of appropriate irrigation management programs.
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Published on Jul 1, 2017in Agricultural Water Management 3.54
Liangliang Bai1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Jiabing Cai4
Estimated H-index: 4
+ 3 AuthorsLingxu Huang1
Estimated H-index: 1
To solve the problems of decreasing water resources from the Yellow River, the renovation project of water-saving and controlling water distribution was implemented in the Hetao Irrigation District of North China since 1999. The local hydrological cycle is expected to be influenced or changed during the past fifteen years through the project. Jiefangzha Irrigation Region, the second large partition of the Hetao Irrigation District, was selected as the typical area to explore the relationship bet...
Published on Mar 29, 2017
Laura Pereira9
Estimated H-index: 9
Published on Jan 13, 2017in Water 2.52
Hanaa Darouich3
Estimated H-index: 3
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M.R. Cameira11
Estimated H-index: 11
+ 2 AuthorsLuis S. Pereira51
Estimated H-index: 51
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Published on Feb 1, 2016in Agricultural Water Management 3.54
Qingfeng Miao3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Inner Mongolia Agricultural University),
Ricardo D. Rosa7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Lisbon)
+ 5 AuthorsLuis S. Pereira51
Estimated H-index: 51
(University of Lisbon)
Intercropping is commonly used in the Hetao irrigation district, upper Yellow River basin, where the main crops are wheat, maize and sunflower. For a better use of land, water, radiation energy, and nutrients, spring wheat is traditionally intercropped with maize (W–M) and, more recently, with sunflower (W–S). Considering the need to reduce diversions of water for irrigation in Hetao, this study aims to assess crop water use of W–M and W–S intercropping systems in comparison to the same crops in...
Published on Aug 1, 2015in Biosystems Engineering 2.98
Qingfeng Miao3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Inner Mongolia Agricultural University),
Haibin Shi3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Inner Mongolia Agricultural University)
+ 1 AuthorsLuis S. Pereira51
Estimated H-index: 51
(University of Lisbon)
Water-saving irrigation needs to be implemented in Hetao irrigation district to help satisfying the demand by other users in the Yellow River basin. Aiming at assessing the potential irrigation performance and water saving at farm level, a set of traditional basins and another of precision-levelled basins cropped with maize, wheat and sunflower and managed by farmers were evaluated. Data were collected to characterise the basin sizes, microtopography, inflow rates, advance and recession times, c...
Published on Jun 1, 2014in Biosystems Engineering 2.98
Hanaa Darouich3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Technical University of Lisbon),
Celestina M. G. Pedras3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Technical University of Lisbon)
+ 1 AuthorsLuis S. Pereira51
Estimated H-index: 51
(Technical University of Lisbon)
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Published on Mar 1, 2014in Global and Planetary Change 4.10
Qiang Zhang37
Estimated H-index: 37
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University),
Juntai Peng3
Estimated H-index: 3
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University)
+ 2 AuthorsYongqin David Chen29
Estimated H-index: 29
(CUHK: The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Abstract Daily precipitation data from 64 precipitation gauging stations within the Yellow River basin were analyzed by defining 17 precipitation indices with the aim to investigate space and time changes in precipitation characteristics. The modified Mann–Kendall trend test method was used to detect trends in the precipitation series. The influence of Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) on the basin precipitation was also investigated. Results indicate that: (1) the Yellow River basin is dom...
Published on Dec 1, 2013in Journal of Geochemical Exploration 3.47
Huaming Guo25
Estimated H-index: 25
(China University of Geosciences),
Yang Zhang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(China University of Geosciences)
+ 3 AuthorsXiaohui Tang7
Estimated H-index: 7
(KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Abstract Temporal variations in groundwater As concentration are crucial for understanding the mechanisms of As cycling and developing effective strategies for sustainable usage of low As groundwater in As-affected areas. Little is known about temporal variations in As concentration of shallow groundwater from the Hetao basin. Groundwater samples were taken once each year in July/August from 2006 to 2010. Another sampling campaign was carried out in November 2006. Groundwater tables were monitor...
Published on Sep 1, 2013in Geoderma 4.34
Ruiping Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Inner Mongolia Agricultural University),
Haibin Shi2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Inner Mongolia Agricultural University)
+ 2 AuthorsZhengzhong Li1
Estimated H-index: 1
Abstract Taking the Inner Mongolia Hetao Irrigation District (IMHID) agricultural production region as a background and based on field data and local meteorological data, the influence of antecedent soil water storage (ASWS) on water and heat status was simulated and analyzed using the SHAW model during the seasonal freezing–thawing period. The results showed that the amount of ASWS prior to soil freezing can influence the depth of freezing and penetration of low temperatures. When ASWS within t...
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Estimated H-index: 11
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Estimated H-index: 51
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Published on Jul 31, 2018in Water 2.52
Marta Luppi , Pierre-Olivier Malaterre + 2 AuthorsAttilio Toscano5
Estimated H-index: 5
Agriculture is the biggest consumer of water in the world, and therefore, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change, and consequently water scarcity, it is important to reduce irrigation water losses and to improve the poor collection of hydraulic status data. Therefore, efficiency has to be increased, and the regulation and control flow should be implemented. Hydraulic modelling represents a strategic tool for the reconstruction of the missing hydraulic data. This paper proposes a meth...
Published on May 15, 2018in Water 2.52
Dongyang Ren4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Xu Xu12
Estimated H-index: 12
+ 3 AuthorsGuanhua Huang25
Estimated H-index: 25
Clarifying the role of shallow groundwater systems in eco-hydrological processes is of great significance to agricultural production and ecological sustainability. In this paper, a lumped water balance model was proposed for the GSPAC (groundwater-soil-plant-atmosphere-continuum) system for different land use types under arid, shallow water table conditions. Model application was conducted in an irrigation district (Jiyuan) located in the upper Yellow River basin. A 13-year (2001–2013) water bal...