The Role of ICT in Improving Sequential Decisions for Water Management in Agriculture

Francesco Cavazza, Francesco Galioto, Meri Raggi, Davide Viaggi
2018 Water  
Numerous Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) applications have been developed in irrigated agriculture. While there are studies focusing on ICTs impacts at the farm level, no research deals with this issue at the Water Authority (WA) level where ICTs can support strategic decisions on land and water allocation. The present study aims to design a theoretical model to estimate economic benefits from the ICT-informed decision process of water management in agriculture. Specifically,
more » ... ure. Specifically, the study analyzes the motivations driving a case study WA using ICTs to support strategic management decisions involving risky choices. Results show that the WA under investigation has potentialities to save water and to implement adaptation strategies to climate change. Higher benefits from ICTs are attainable in areas with limited water availability and where the WA can effectively manage land allocation and control water delivery volumes. The study concludes that ICTs might have a disruptive potential in fulfilling WA's specific information needs, but there is still a need to improve their accuracy due to the risk surrounding the decisions at stake.
doi:10.3390/w10091141 fatcat:mmalamg46ndv5ic4ljhv6cc5ra