The results presented in this thesis provide valuable knowledge relating to the farm scale water-energy nexus in the Australian context. On the basis of this study, it is recommended to increase irrigation efficiency in groundwater dependent systems to reduce energy inputs and greenhouse gas emissions. This will also help in reversing groundwater mining and degradation trends. In the case of surface water sourced irrigation regions, efficient gravity based irrigation methods coupled with good management practices are recommended to conserve water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Possible policy implications include linking energy tariff arrangements with the achievement of stated best management practices and promoting relevant education of irrigators. Simplified tools aimed at promoting comprehensive understanding of the water-energy nexus are essential to allow irrigated agriculture to keep pace with production requirements while simultaneously minimising resource use and environmental impacts.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||01 Mar 2009|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|