Water use in rain-fed farming at different scales in the Pampas of Argentina
Water use in farming will be an issue of increasing global concern since competition for freshwater among sectors will grow, especially in a water-scarce scenario. Understanding how farming system configurations at different scales affect the partitioning of annual rainfall between production and losses is essential to manage water in rain-fed farming. Data from 198 commercial farms in the Pampas of Argentina were analyzed to assess water use at four different scales: (a) plot, (b) farm, (c) agro-ecological area and (d) whole region. This study offers a novel cross-scale approach and an analytical tool to evaluate water-use relationships in the study region beyond the classical plant–soil–water relationships. Results showed that cattle activities require more water than crops at the plot scale but at broader ones water use patterns are determined largely by cultivation. Given the different performance across scales, results suggest that complex spatial interactions and emerging properties can arise when the analyses are scaled-up from the plot to the regional level. The detection of scale-dependent properties regarding water use will enhance the value of information and knowledge that decision makers operating at different scales need.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:109:y:2012:i:c:p:35-42. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Shamier, Wendy)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.