Irrigation modelling needs better epistemology

Arnald Puy* (Lead Author), Michela Massimi, Bruce Lankford, Andrea Saltelli

*Corresponding author for this work

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Modelling of irrigation water withdrawals aims for accurate and relatively objective estimates, but three epistemological obstacles (the models’ elusive tie to reality, the issue of model plurality, and the indeterminacy of the target system) make this premise unattainable. However, if used to explore possibilities within the known and unknown, irrigation models can overcome these problems to inform action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-428
JournalNature Reviews Earth & Environment
Early online date29 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


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