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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 2.07
· DOI :10.3390/w10010067
Qingfeng Miao3
Estimated H-index: 3
,
Haibin Shi3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 1 AuthorsLuís Ferreira Pereira5
Estimated H-index: 5
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 Aug 1, 2015in Biosystems Engineering 2.13
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...
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Published on Jun 1, 2004in Water Resources Research 4.36
Dawen Yang12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Tokyo),
Chong Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 5 AuthorsKatumi Musiake18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Fukushima University)
The river discharges have decreased continuously during the last half century in the Yellow River, the second-largest river basin in China. In particular, a drying up of the main river along the lower reach has occurred since 1972, and the situation has become more and more serious during the 1990s. Using 50 years of meteorological data from 108 stations together with a collection of irrigation data, the long-term changes in the river discharge have been investigated with a view to identifying t...
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Published on Apr 1, 2012in Irrigation and Drainage 0.71
Nie Weibo1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Fei Liangjun2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Ma Xiaoyi3
Estimated H-index: 3
Based on the volume balance (VB) equation, the surface water profile was shown to be a power function and Philip equation equal to the Kostiakov–Lewis equation when the infiltration parameter a = 0.5. With this assumption, an equation was proposed for estimating infiltration parameters together with Manning roughness. The method requires only multi-point water advance data of border irrigation. Solving the equation requires use of the nonlinear least-squares fitting technique by Matlab software....
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Published on Sep 1, 2011in Irrigation Science 1.65
M. J. Bai1
Estimated H-index: 1
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D. Xu1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 1 AuthorsLuis S. Pereira51
Estimated H-index: 51
(Technical University of Lisbon)
Land microtopography unevenness is a key variable affecting basin irrigation performances. Using stochastic modeling, a number of sets of spatially variable surface elevations were generated, and a two-dimensional basin irrigation model was used to simulate irrigation for the generated sets. Strip, narrow and wide basins, as well as graded and zero-levelled basins were analyzed. Results show that spatial variability of basin microtopography influences the infiltrated depth when the advance is co...
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Published on Jan 1, 2011in Expert Systems With Applications 3.77
Hong-Bin Yan8
Estimated H-index: 8
(East China University of Science and Technology),
Van-Nam Huynh16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
+ 1 AuthorsTetsuya Murai11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Hokkaido University)
This paper deals with multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) problems with multiple priorities, in which priority weights associated with the lower priority criteria are related to the satisfactions of the higher priority criteria. Firstly, we propose a prioritized weighted aggregation operator based on ordered weighted averaging (OWA) operator and triangular norms (t-norms). To preserve the tradeoffs among the criteria in the same priority level, we suggest that the degree of satisfaction regard...
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Theodor Strelkoff20
Estimated H-index: 20
(United States Department of Agriculture),
Albert J. Clemmens22
Estimated H-index: 22
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E. Bautista11
Estimated H-index: 11
Some two dozen methods for estimating infiltration and roughness parameters from field measurements of test irrigations are reviewed in this paper. They differ in their assumptions, ease of analysis, quantity of field data required, and accuracy. They are divided into two broad categories, depending upon the basic approach to determine infiltration. One features direct application of mass conservation, expressed in terms of the infiltration parameters and then inverted in some way in order to ex...
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Published on Apr 1, 2006in Global and Planetary Change 3.98
Houjie Wang24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Ocean University of China),
Zuosheng Yang28
Estimated H-index: 28
(Ocean University of China)
+ 2 AuthorsXiaoxia Sun9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Ocean University of China)
The Huanghe, the second largest river in China, is now under great pressure as a water resource. Using datasets of river water discharge, water consumption and regional precipitation for the past 50 years, we elucidate some connections between decreasingwater discharges, global El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events and anthropogenic impacts in the drainage basin. Global ENSO events, whichdirectlyaffectedtheregionalprecipitationintheriverbasin,resultedinapproximately51%decreaseinriverwaterdi...
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Published on Aug 30, 2004in Hydrological Processes 3.18
Changming Liu38
Estimated H-index: 38
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Jun Xia29
Estimated H-index: 29
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
This paper deals with hydrological research in regard to the water resources crisis in the vulnerable areas found in the northern part of China. This area includes three main river basins, namely the basins of the Yellow (Huang) River, the Hai River and the Huai River. Several water problems are becoming very severe. Among them, two are the most critical: the Yellow River has been drained dry in the main course of its lower reaches and along its major tributaries, and the groundwater table has r...
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Published on Sep 1, 2013in Geoderma 3.74
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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J. M. Gonçalves15
Estimated H-index: 15
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Luis S. Pereira51
Estimated H-index: 51
(Technical University of Lisbon)
The SADREG decision support system was developed to help decision makers in the process of design and selection of farm surface irrigation systems to respond to requirements of modernization of surface irrigation—furrow, basin, and border irrigation. It includes a database, simulation models, user-friendly interfaces, and multicriteria analysis models. SADREG is comprised of two components: design and selection. The first component applies database information, and through several simulation and...
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Published on May 15, 2018in Water 2.07
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...
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Published on Aug 14, 2018in Water 2.07
Omaid Najmuddin , Golam Rasul18
Estimated H-index: 18
+ 3 AuthorsBijan Debnath
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Published on Jul 31, 2018in Water 2.07
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...
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