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Winter et al. 2017

Winter, J.M., J.R. Lopez, A.C. Ruane, C.A. Young, B.R. Scanlon, and C. Rosenzweig, 2017: Representing water scarcity in future agricultural assessments. Anthropocene, 18, 15-26, doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2017.05.002.

Globally, irrigated agriculture is both essential for food production and the largest user of water. A major challenge for hydrologic and agricultural communities is assessing the sustainability of irrigated croplands under climate variability and change. Simulations of irrigated croplands generally lack key interactions between water supply, water distribution, and agricultural water demand. In this article, we explore the critical interface between water resources and agriculture by motivating, developing, and illustrating the application of a framework to advance simulations of irrigated croplands. We motivate the framework by examining historical dynamics of US irrigation water withdrawals and quantitatively reviewing previous modeling studies of irrigated croplands with a focus on representations of water supply, agricultural water demand, and impacts on crop yields when water demand exceeds water supply. We then propose a framework that links trends and scenarios with water supply, water allocation, and agricultural water demand to create an integrated modeling framework for simulating irrigated croplands. Finally, we provide examples of efforts that leverage this framework to improve simulations of irrigated croplands as well as identify opportunities for interventions that increase agricultural productivity, resilience, and sustainability.

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  author={Winter, J. M. and Lopez, J. R. and Ruane, A. C. and Young, C. A. and Scanlon, B. R. and Rosenzweig, C.},
  title={Representing water scarcity in future agricultural assessments},

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ID  - wi02400q
AU  - Winter, J. M.
AU  - Lopez, J. R.
AU  - Ruane, A. C.
AU  - Young, C. A.
AU  - Scanlon, B. R.
AU  - Rosenzweig, C.
PY  - 2017
TI  - Representing water scarcity in future agricultural assessments
JA  - Anthropocene
VL  - 18
SP  - 15
EP  - 26
DO  - 10.1016/j.ancene.2017.05.002
ER  -

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