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Bo et al. 2022

Bo, Y., J. Jägermeyr, Z. Yin, Y. Jiang, J. Xu, H. Liang, and F. Zhou, 2022: Global benefits of non-continuous flooding to reduce greenhouse gases and irrigation water use without rice yield penalty. Glob. Change Biol., 28, no. 11, 3636-3650, doi:10.1111/gcb.16132.

Non-continuous flooding is an effective practice for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and irrigation water use (IRR) in rice fields. However, advancing global implementation is hampered by the lack of comprehensive understanding of GHGs and IRR reduction benefits without compromising rice yield. Here, we present the largest observational data set for such effects as of yet. By using Random Forest regression models based on 636 field trials at 105 globally georeferenced sites, we identified the key drivers of effects of non-continuous flooding practices and mapped maximum GHGs or IRR reduction benefits under optimal non-continuous flooding strategies. The results show that variation in effects of non-continuous flooding practices are primarily explained by the UnFlooded days Ratio (UFR, that is the ratio of the number of days without standing water in the field to total days of the growing period). Non-continuous flooding practices could be feasible to be adopted in 76% of global rice harvested areas. This would reduce the global warming potential (GWP) of CH4 and N2O combined from rice production by 47% or the total GWP by 7% and alleviate irrigation water use by 25%, while maintaining yield levels. The identified UFR targets far exceed currently observed levels particularly in South and Southeast Asia, suggesting large opportunities for climate mitigation and water use conservation, associated with the rigorous implementation of non-continuous flooding practices in global rice cultivation.

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@article{bo07400v,
  author={Bo, Y. and Jägermeyr, J. and Yin, Z. and Jiang, Y. and Xu, J. and Liang, H. and Zhou, F.},
  title={Global benefits of non-continuous flooding to reduce greenhouse gases and irrigation water use without rice yield penalty},
  year={2022},
  journal={Glob. Change Biol.},
  volume={28},
  number={11},
  pages={3636--3650},
  doi={10.1111/gcb.16132},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - bo07400v
AU  - Bo, Y.
AU  - Jägermeyr, J.
AU  - Yin, Z.
AU  - Jiang, Y.
AU  - Xu, J.
AU  - Liang, H.
AU  - Zhou, F.
PY  - 2022
TI  - Global benefits of non-continuous flooding to reduce greenhouse gases and irrigation water use without rice yield penalty
JA  - Glob. Change Biol.
VL  - 28
IS  - 11
SP  - 3636
EP  - 3650
DO  - 10.1111/gcb.16132
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