Forecasting Crop Irrigation Water Requirements
The research objective is to develop a modeling framework to forecast crop irrigation water requirements (CIR) from daily to seasonal time scales.
Need and Benefit
Need - use of state-of-the-science modeling of crop irrigation water requirements at daily to seasonal time scales.
The following benefits are anticipated from this project.
(1) Irrigation water demands constitute 80 percent or more of the overall water demand in a water resources system. Using state-of-the-science methods to forecast crop irrigation water requirements could add to the overall water use efficiency.
(2) As part of the framework, effort will be made to see how the research can be moved to operations, and be incorporated at least in a few cases as an experimental forecast to operations product using Reclamations's exisitng operations and planning models.
(3) A generic modeling framework that would be scalable across all of Reclamation Regions and Projects.
The following documents were not reviewed. Statements made in these documents are those of the authors. The findings have not been verified.
Forecasting Crop Irrigation Water Requirements (final, PDF,
By Cameron Bracken, Subhrendu Gangopadhyay and Tom Pruitt
Report completed on October 01, 2014
The objective of this research was to develop a computing framework using open-source and platform-independent software to forecast CIR from daily to seasonal time scales.