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Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change: Markets, Policy, Technology, and Information

Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change: Markets, Policy, Technology, and Information

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This project examines the roles that water management information and irrigation technologies play in agricultural adaptation to climate variability and change across the 17 westernmost U.S. states. Issues addressed include  farmer demand for different sources of public and private water management information, adoption of scientific methods and use of electronic media to schedule irrigation, and how climate affects choice of irrigation technologies. The project uses statistical analysis to examine how factors such as farm size, water costs, and drought affect demand for water management information. For Arizona, the project examines trends in agricultural water management, investments in irrigation improvements, and water productivity (e.g., agricultural output per unit of water applied, or “crop per drop”).