Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Research article
09 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 09 Feb 2018

A global approach to estimate irrigated areas – a comparison between different data and statistics

Jonas Meier, Florian Zabel, and Wolfram Mauser

Data sets

Global Irrigated Areas J. Meier, F. Zabel, and W. Mauser

Short summary
The following study extends existing irrigation maps based on official reports. The main idea was to extend the reported irrigated areas using agricultural suitability data and compare them with remote sensing information about plant conditions. The analysis indicates an increase in irrigated land by 18 % compared to the reported statistics. The additional areas are mainly identified within already known irrigated regions where irrigation is more dense than previously estimated.