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The Buffer Role Of Groundwater When Surface Water Supplies Are Uncertain: The Implications For Groundwater Development


  • Tsur, Yacov


When used in conjunction with surface water for irrigation, groundwater serves two roles: to increase water supply; and to mitigate fluctuations in the supply of water. The later is the buffer role. This paper identifies and evaluates the economic benefit associated with the buffer role of ground water. Implications for the development of groundwater resources are investigated. An estimate is given of the buffer benefit to wheat growers of the fossil water aquifer underlying the Israeli Negev. It is found that, under the prevailing variability in the supply of surface water, this benefit may well exceed the groundwater benefit associated with the increase in water supply.

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  • Tsur, Yacov, 1988. "The Buffer Role Of Groundwater When Surface Water Supplies Are Uncertain: The Implications For Groundwater Development," Staff Papers 13924, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:umaesp:13924

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    1. Gisser, Micha, 1983. "Groundwater: Focusing on the Real Issue," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 91(6), pages 1001-1027, December.
    2. Clark, Colin W & Clarke, Frank H & Munro, Gordon R, 1979. "The Optimal Exploitation of Renewable Resource Stocks: Problems of Irreversible Investment," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 47(1), pages 25-47, January.
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