Articles | Volume 20, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1911–1924, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1911-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1911–1924, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1911-2016

Research article 12 May 2016

Research article | 12 May 2016

The use of semi-structured interviews for the characterisation of farmer irrigation practices

Jimmy O'Keeffe et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (20 Oct 2015) by Alison D. Reeves
AR by Jimmy O'Keeffe on behalf of the Authors (01 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Dec 2015) by Alison D. Reeves
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (22 Dec 2015)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (18 Mar 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (12 Apr 2016) by Alison D. Reeves
AR by Jimmy O'Keeffe on behalf of the Authors (22 Apr 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Apr 2016) by Alison D. Reeves
AR by Jimmy O'Keeffe on behalf of the Authors (27 Apr 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Semi-structured interviews provide an effective and efficient way of collecting qualitative and quantitative data on water use practices. Interviews are organised around a topic guide, which helps lead the conversation while allowing sufficient opportunity to identify issues previously unknown to the researcher. The use of semi-structured interviews could significantly and quickly improve insight on water resources, leading to more realistic future management options and increased water security.