Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 953–973, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-953-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 953–973, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-953-2016

Research article 03 Mar 2016

Research article | 03 Mar 2016

Mediterranean irrigation under climate change: more efficient irrigation needed to compensate for increases in irrigation water requirements

M. Fader et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Nov 2015) by Lixin Wang
AR by Marianela Fader on behalf of the Authors (05 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Dec 2015) by Lixin Wang
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (30 Dec 2015)
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (20 Jan 2016) by Lixin Wang
AR by Marianela Fader on behalf of the Authors (20 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (22 Jan 2016) by Lixin Wang
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At present, the Mediterranean region could save 35 % of water by implementing more efficient irrigation and conveyance systems (EICS). By 2080–2090 the region may face an increase in gross irrigation requirements (IRs) of up to 74 % due to climate change and population growth. EICS may be able to compensate to some degree these increases. Most countries in the northern and eastern Mediterranean have a high risk of not being able to meet future IRs due to water scarcity.