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The role of information communications technology in sustainable water management practice

O'Mahony, Barry, Dalrymple, John, Levin, Elizabeth and Greenland, Steven J. (2016). The role of information communications technology in sustainable water management practice. International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics,2(1):79-92.

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Title The role of information communications technology in sustainable water management practice
Author O'Mahony, Barry
Dalrymple, John
Levin, Elizabeth
Greenland, Steven J.
Journal Name International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics
Publication Date 2016
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2054-5827   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 79
End Page 92
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Abstract The availability of water is a global issue which is predicted to become more pronounced in the future. As a large and relatively dry continent, Australia is presented with a series of challenges within the agriculture sector. As a result, the adoption of appropriate, efficient and effective irrigation systems is an important element for future sustainability. In various Australian growing regions, different modes and types of irrigation are utilised. However, in many cases, the preferred system has been selected based on tradition and local norms rather than on the basis of effective water management. Consequently, there is a socio-psychological element in the adoption of new or alternative systems. This study reports on a project that identifies how the introduction of technology within a variety of irrigation system types has improved water efficiency, reduced wastage and improved product adoption. In particular, the study discusses how technology has improved the use of flood and micro irrigation systems as well as more recent developments in satellite assisted irrigation. The findings of the study suggest that the enhancement of existing irrigation systems through the addition of information communications technology can overcome some traditional barriers by adding specific features that are attractive to growers.
Keywords Irrigation systems
Extension workers
Innovation diffusion
Water management
ICT
Information and communications technology
Sustainable management
Information technology
Australia
Sustainability
Sustainable development
Water efficiency
Waste reduction
Product adoption
Technology adoption
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJSAMI.2016.077273   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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