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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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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.