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Volume 21, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3507–3524, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3507-2017
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3507–3524, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3507-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 13 Jul 2017

Research article | 13 Jul 2017

Marginal cost curves for water footprint reduction in irrigated agriculture: guiding a cost-effective reduction of crop water consumption to a permit or benchmark level

Abebe D. Chukalla et al.

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In the current study, we have developed a method to obtain marginal cost curves (MCCs) for WF reduction in crop production. The method is innovative by employing a model that combines soil water balance accounting and a crop growth model and assessing costs and WF reduction for all combinations of irrigation techniques, irrigation strategies and mulching practices. While this approach has been used in the field of constructing MCCs for carbon footprint reduction, this has never been done before.
In the current study, we have developed a method to obtain marginal cost curves (MCCs) for WF...
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