Factors Affecting Agricultural Water Use and Sourcing in Irrigation Districts of Central Arizona

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Title:
Factors Affecting Agricultural Water Use and Sourcing in Irrigation Districts of Central Arizona
Author:
Fleck, Brett E.
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The purpose of this research is to quantify how macro-scale factors such as weather, crop prices, and land conversion affect agricultural water use at the irrigation district level in central Arizona and to understand what constraints and considerations district managers face when making water-sourcing decisions. A conceptual model is developed and econometrically estimated finding that much of the annual variation in total water use for agriculture can be explained by differences in precipitation, cotton prices, and alfalfa prices. Further, results from empirical analysis support the notion that total water use for agriculture has been greatly affected by land conversion from agriculture to other uses. Irrigation district manager interviews indicate that the water sourcing process is very similar across districts in central Arizona and has varied little since 1995, due to common constraints. This research lays an important foundation for future models designed to forecast agricultural water use in central Arizona.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Decisions; Econometric; Irrigation District; Land Conversion; Water Sourcing; Agricultural & Resource Economics; Central Arizona
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Agricultural & Resource Economics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Colby, Bonnie

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleFactors Affecting Agricultural Water Use and Sourcing in Irrigation Districts of Central Arizonaen_US
dc.creatorFleck, Brett E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorFleck, Brett E.en_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this research is to quantify how macro-scale factors such as weather, crop prices, and land conversion affect agricultural water use at the irrigation district level in central Arizona and to understand what constraints and considerations district managers face when making water-sourcing decisions. A conceptual model is developed and econometrically estimated finding that much of the annual variation in total water use for agriculture can be explained by differences in precipitation, cotton prices, and alfalfa prices. Further, results from empirical analysis support the notion that total water use for agriculture has been greatly affected by land conversion from agriculture to other uses. Irrigation district manager interviews indicate that the water sourcing process is very similar across districts in central Arizona and has varied little since 1995, due to common constraints. This research lays an important foundation for future models designed to forecast agricultural water use in central Arizona.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectDecisionsen_US
dc.subjectEconometricen_US
dc.subjectIrrigation Districten_US
dc.subjectLand Conversionen_US
dc.subjectWater Sourcingen_US
dc.subjectAgricultural & Resource Economicsen_US
dc.subjectCentral Arizonaen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural & Resource Economicsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorColby, Bonnieen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberThompson, Gary D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilson, Paul N.en_US
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