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Université de Neuchâtel

Impact of climate change on irrigation requirements in terms of groundwater resources

Zhou, Yu ; Zwahlen, François ; Wang, Yanxin ; Li, Yilian

In: Hydrogeology Journal, 2010, vol. 18, no. 7, p. 1571-1582

Climate change affects not only water resources but also water demand for irrigation. A large proportion of the world’s agriculture depends on groundwater, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. In several regions, aquifer resources face depletion. Groundwater recharge has been viewed as a by-product of irrigation return flow, and with climate change, aquifer storage of such flow will be...