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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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