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Title: Cool Farm Tool Water: A global on-line tool to assess water use in crop production

Abstract

The agricultural sector accounts for 70% of all water consumption and poses great pressure on ground water resources. Therefore, evaluating agricultural water consumption is highly important as it allows supply chain actors to identify practices which are associated with unsustainable water use, which risk depleting current water resources and impacting future production. However, these assessments are often not feasible for crop producers as data, models and experiments are required in order to conduct them. This work introduces a new on-line agricultural water use assessment tool that provides the water footprint and irrigation requirements at field scale based on an enhanced FAO56 approach combined with a global climate, crop and soil databases. This has been included in the Cool Farm Tool – an online tool which already provides metrics for greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity impacts and therefore allows for a more holistic assessment of environmental sustainability in farming and agricultural supply chains. The model is tested against field scale and state level water footprint data providing good results. The tool provides a practical, reliable way to assess agricultural water use, and offers a means to engage growers and stakeholders in identifying efficient water management practices.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1476962
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1623690
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05ch11231; AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Cleaner Production
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Cleaner Production Journal Volume: 207 Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0959-6526
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Subject:
Science & Technology - Other Topics; Engineering; Environmental Sciences & Ecology

Citation Formats

Kayatz, Benjamin, Baroni, Gabriele, Hillier, Jon, Lüdtke, Stefan, Heathcote, Richard, Malin, Daniella, van Tonder, Carl, Kuster, Benjamin, Freese, Dirk, Hüttl, Reinhard, and Wattenbach, Martin. Cool Farm Tool Water: A global on-line tool to assess water use in crop production. United Kingdom: N. p., 2019. Web. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.160.
Kayatz, Benjamin, Baroni, Gabriele, Hillier, Jon, Lüdtke, Stefan, Heathcote, Richard, Malin, Daniella, van Tonder, Carl, Kuster, Benjamin, Freese, Dirk, Hüttl, Reinhard, & Wattenbach, Martin. Cool Farm Tool Water: A global on-line tool to assess water use in crop production. United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.160
Kayatz, Benjamin, Baroni, Gabriele, Hillier, Jon, Lüdtke, Stefan, Heathcote, Richard, Malin, Daniella, van Tonder, Carl, Kuster, Benjamin, Freese, Dirk, Hüttl, Reinhard, and Wattenbach, Martin. Tue . "Cool Farm Tool Water: A global on-line tool to assess water use in crop production". United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.160.
@article{osti_1476962,
title = {Cool Farm Tool Water: A global on-line tool to assess water use in crop production},
author = {Kayatz, Benjamin and Baroni, Gabriele and Hillier, Jon and Lüdtke, Stefan and Heathcote, Richard and Malin, Daniella and van Tonder, Carl and Kuster, Benjamin and Freese, Dirk and Hüttl, Reinhard and Wattenbach, Martin},
abstractNote = {The agricultural sector accounts for 70% of all water consumption and poses great pressure on ground water resources. Therefore, evaluating agricultural water consumption is highly important as it allows supply chain actors to identify practices which are associated with unsustainable water use, which risk depleting current water resources and impacting future production. However, these assessments are often not feasible for crop producers as data, models and experiments are required in order to conduct them. This work introduces a new on-line agricultural water use assessment tool that provides the water footprint and irrigation requirements at field scale based on an enhanced FAO56 approach combined with a global climate, crop and soil databases. This has been included in the Cool Farm Tool – an online tool which already provides metrics for greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity impacts and therefore allows for a more holistic assessment of environmental sustainability in farming and agricultural supply chains. The model is tested against field scale and state level water footprint data providing good results. The tool provides a practical, reliable way to assess agricultural water use, and offers a means to engage growers and stakeholders in identifying efficient water management practices.},
doi = {10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.160},
journal = {Journal of Cleaner Production},
number = C,
volume = 207,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {2019},
month = {1}
}

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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.09.160

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Table 1 Table 1: Overview of existing field water assessment tools that deploy the FAO56 approach (Allen et al., 1998). The table provides the level of data integration for climate, soil and crop. Most tools allow the users to update existing soil and crop information.

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