Articles | Volume 17
Adv. Sci. Res., 17, 227–253, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-17-227-2020
Adv. Sci. Res., 17, 227–253, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-17-227-2020
 
31 Oct 2020
31 Oct 2020

Assessing groundwater irrigation sustainability in the Euro-Mediterranean region with an integrated agro-hydrologic model

Emiliano Gelati et al.

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In this modelling study, we conclude that groundwater is used unsustainably for irrigation in several areas of the Euro-Mediterranean region. In the southern Iberian Peninsula, we estimate the potential effects of reducing irrigation groundwater abstractions to sustainable amounts to prevent long-term decline of groundwater storage. These restrictions may cause crop production losses but halt groundwater depletion and increase river flow during dry periods which is beneficial for ecosystems.