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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-953-2016
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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, S. Shi, W. von Bloh, A. Bondeau, and W. Cramer

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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.