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The delusive accuracy of global irrigation water withdrawal estimates

Puy, Arnald; Sheikholeslami, Razi; Gupta, Hoshin V.; Hall, Jim W.; Lankford, Bruce; Lo Piano, Samuele; Meier, Jonas; Pappenberger, Florian; Porporato, Amilcare; Vico, Giulia; Saltelli, Andrea


Miscalculating the volumes of water withdrawn for irrigation, the largest consumer of freshwater in the world, jeopardizes sustainable water management. Hydrological models quantify water withdrawals, but their estimates are unduly precise. Model imperfections need to be appreciated to avoid policy misjudgements.

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Nature Communications
2022, Volume: 13, number: 1, article number: 3183

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG2 Zero hunger
    SDG6 Clean water and sanitation

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    Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

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