Prediction of Rainfall for Short Term Irrigation Planning and Scheduling - Case Study in Victoria, Australia

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Azhar, Aftab H and Perera, B. J. C (2011) Prediction of Rainfall for Short Term Irrigation Planning and Scheduling - Case Study in Victoria, Australia. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 137 (7). pp. 435-445. ISSN 0733-9437 (print), 1943-4774 (online)


In recent times, with regards to rural water supplies in Victoria and most other parts of Australia, more emphasis is placed on the efficient use of existing water resources than on new resource developments. This is especially true for irrigation systems. This emphasis is mainly caused by the limited funds available for construction works, lack of suitable hydrologic sites, and the spirited and justifiable lobbying of environmental groups against construction of new projects. Hence, to meet the increased water demands, the efficient operation of existing irrigation systems is required. For short-term planning (7–14 days) and operation of complex irrigation systems, an estimate of irrigation water demand (IWD) is of primary concern. Because the IWD is significantly influenced by the rainfall, a reliable estimate of the expected rainfall in any irrigation period of the crop growing season is of fundamental importance. Efficient utilization of rainfall during the rainy season will help in saving water in the storage reservoir that could be used in the dry season.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000317
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Historical > SEO Classification > 9609 Land and Water Management
Keywords ResPubID24797, predictions, rainfall, irrigation, planning, scheduling, laws, total probability theorem, TPT distribution method, LL distribution method, leaky law
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