Local storages: the impact on hydrology and implications for policy making in irrigation systems
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Cai, Xueliang; Cui, Y.; Dai, J.; Luo, Y. 2012. Local storages: the impact on hydrology and implications for policy making in irrigation systems. Water International, 37(4):395-407. (Special issue on "How hydrological models support informed decision making in developing countries" with contributions by IWMI authors). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2012.707380
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OASIS, an irrigation diagnosis model, is applied to the Zhanghe Irrigation System in central China to investigate the contribution of smaller local storages (in "melons on the vine? configuration) as compared with the main reservoir. Results show that local storages are more important in normal-to-wet years, while the main reservoir is critical in dry years, which implies a strong policy correction relevant to many parts of the world. Balanced investment in various storage infrastructures with associated management practices is a cost-effective strategy for irrigation development.