Articles | Volume 17
31 Oct 2020
 | 31 Oct 2020

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

Emiliano Gelati, Zuzanna Zajac, Andrej Ceglar, Simona Bassu, Bernard Bisselink, Marko Adamovic, Jeroen Bernhard, Anna Malagó, Marco Pastori, Fayçal Bouraoui, and Ad de Roo


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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.