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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Miscalculating the volumes of water withdrawn for irrigation, the largest consumer of freshwater in the world, jeopardizes sustainable water management.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

Authors' information

Puy, Arnald
University of Bergen
Puy, Arnald
Princeton University
Sheikholeslami, Razi
Sharif University of Technology
Sheikholeslami, Razi
University of Oxford
Gupta, Hoshin V.
University of Arizona
Hall, Jim W.
University of Oxford
Lankford, Bruce
University of East Anglia
Lo Piano, Samuele
University of Reading
Meier, Jonas
German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Pappenberger, Florian
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Porporato, Amilcare
Princeton University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Saltelli, Andrea
University of Bergen
Saltelli, Andrea
UPF Barcelona Sch Management

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG6 Clean water and sanitation
SDG2 Zero hunger

UKÄ Subject classification

Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

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