A Systems View Towards More Sustainable Irrigation Design
Richard V. Scholtz*, Eric S. McLamore and Wendell A. Porter
Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department, University of Florida, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Richard V. Scholtz III
Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department
University of Florida, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 08, 2012; Accepted March 10, 2012; Published March 12, 2012
Citation: Scholtz RV, McLamore ES, Porter WA (2012) A Systems View towards More Sustainable Irrigation Design. Irrigat Drain Sys Engg 1:e101. doi:10.4172/2168-9768.1000e101
Copyright: © 2012 Scholtz RV, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Irrigation systems need to be selected and designed on a new paradigm, a total system cost approach. The true costs associated with new systems are often boiled down to the tangible fixed and variable system outlays. In many cases, alternative decision metrics are employed, but there are times this fails to adequately account for ostensibly intangible costs that are necessary to be both competitive and responsible. This problem is compounded when water is undervalued, or the true costs associated with the withdrawal are obscured, deferred, or even subsidized.