Articles | Volume 20, issue 7
Research article
07 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 07 Jul 2016

The socioecohydrology of rainwater harvesting in India: understanding water storage and release dynamics across spatial scales

Kimberly J. Van Meter, Michael Steiff, Daniel L. McLaughlin, and Nandita B. Basu


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (07 Mar 2016) by Alfonso Mejia
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ED: Publish as is (18 Apr 2016) by Alfonso Mejia
AR by Nandita Basu on behalf of the Authors (02 May 2016)
Short summary
Although village-scale rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures have been used for millennia in India, many of these structures have fallen into disrepair due to increased dependence on groundwater. This dependence has contributed to declines in groundwater resources, and in turn to efforts to revive older RWH systems. In the present study, we use field data to quantify water fluxes in a cascade of irrigation tanks to better our understanding of the impact of RWH systems on the water balance in con