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Adaptive irrigation infrastructure - linking insights from human-water interactions and adaptive pathways


Nikkels, MJ and Kumar, S and Meinke, H, Adaptive irrigation infrastructure - linking insights from human-water interactions and adaptive pathways, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 40 pp. 37-42. ISSN 1877-3435 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2019.09.001


Irrigation systems face unforeseeable changes in climate, technologies, and societal preferences during their lifetime, potentially rendering them obsolete or inadequate. To remain functional, irrigation systems need to be adaptive to changes as the future unfolds. Past approaches to irrigation system design were largely informed by engineering or economic criteria. This is increasingly recognised as insufficient. We provide examples of contemporary irrigation systems in Australia to highlight the need for planning and design approaches that recognise the complex interactions between human and water systems and embrace unknowns. We review literature on hydro-social interactions and dynamic adaptive pathways to provide insights for the development of adaptive irrigation systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:co-production, knowledge systems, water management
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nikkels, MJ (Mr Melle Nikkels)
UTAS Author:Kumar, S (Ms Saideepa Kumar)
UTAS Author:Meinke, H (Professor Holger Meinke)
ID Code:139310
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2020-06-09
Last Modified:2020-07-21

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