Agricultural Water Management Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier Masson

Journal description

The journal is concerned with the publication of scientific papers of international significance to the management of agricultural water. The scope includes such diverse aspects as irrigation and drainage of cultivated areas, collection and storage of precipitation water in relation to soil properties and vegetation cover; the role of ground and surface water in nutrient cycling, water balance problems, exploitation and protection of water resources, control of flooding, erosion and desert creep, water quality and pollution both by, and of, agricultural water, effects of land uses on water resources, water for recreation in rural areas, and economic and legal aspects of water use. Basic soil-water-plant relationships will be considered only as far as is relevant to agricultural water management.

Current impact factor: 2.33

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.333
2012 Impact Factor 2.203
2011 Impact Factor 1.998
2010 Impact Factor 1.782
2009 Impact Factor 2.016
2008 Impact Factor 1.646
2007 Impact Factor 1.388
2006 Impact Factor 1.122
2005 Impact Factor 0.841
2004 Impact Factor 0.835
2003 Impact Factor 0.865
2002 Impact Factor 0.672
2001 Impact Factor 0.526
2000 Impact Factor 0.309
1999 Impact Factor 0.333
1998 Impact Factor 0.273
1997 Impact Factor 0.32
1996 Impact Factor 0.343
1995 Impact Factor 0.341
1994 Impact Factor 0.258
1993 Impact Factor 0.122
1992 Impact Factor 0.291

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.55
Cited half-life 6.30
Immediacy index 0.41
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.68
Website Agricultural Water Management website
Other titles Agricultural water management (Online)
ISSN 0378-3774
OCLC 38523106
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: In this paper we discuss the use of a series of column experiments to improve understanding of the effect irrigation water chemistry (saline solutions) has on measurements of saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) of a sodic clay soil. We highlight in particular the use of extended leaching periods to determine whether the duration of leaching affects the results. In the experiments, mixed cation solutions of two different salinity levels, 50 meq/L and 100 meq/L, were applied under constant head to columns of a repacked sodic clay soil using three replicates for each treatment. The maximum Ksat measured during leaching with the 100 meq/L solution was approximately double the maximum Ksat measured during leaching with the 50 meq/L solution. Measured flow rates were found to increase rapidly after flow commenced then decrease gradually until flow rates became stable. The final, stable flow rate was roughly 80% less than the maximum flow rate measured. Reasons for these changes in saturated hydraulic conductivity are discussed. The key finding from these experiments is that long term leaching, involving significantly more pore volumes than is commonly reported in the literature, is required to obtain a ‘stable’ Ksat. We recommend that further studies be carried out to (1) determine whether similar behaviour in Ksat occurs in a wide range of sodic clay soils and (2) to help build a better understanding of the causes and implications of the observed behaviour in Ksat.
    Agricultural Water Management 08/2015; 158:120–125. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.04.015
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    ABSTRACT: Appropriate management of irrigation and drainage, which require the information of soil water retention characteristics (SWRC), is of crucial importance for sustainable paddy rice production in tropical deltas. SWRC, however, is usually missing due to the lack of facilities, cost, and personnel training involved indirect measurement methods. Pedotransfer functions (PTFs) that provide the estimation of SWRC from other basic soil properties are the alternative source of SWRC for practical soil water managements or modeling purposes. Since developing new PTFs is a very arduous task which requires a large soil database of good quality, utilizing existing PTFs where possible is highly recommended. The objective of this study was therefore to evaluate the applicability and reliability of published SWRC-PTFs for soils in tropical Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD) where paddy rice is the main agricultural practice. A number of well-known statistical regression and pattern-recognition PTFs were selected for the evaluation. By assessing the correspondence between measured and PTF predicted values of SWRC, the results show that the PTFsderived from large databases of soils in the regions having similar climatological and pedological condi-tions to VMD soils are more reliable for predicting SWRC (RMSE varies in the range of 0.06–0.07 m3 m−3,and of 0.05–0.06 m3 m−3 for the prediction of soil water content at −33 kPa and −1500 kPa, respectively).The applicability index together with geographical information, therefore, could be used as integral indicators to select appropriate PTFs in cases no SWRC data are available for timely uses. Detailed evaluation of PTFs’ performance however revealed the limited potential of investigated PTFs to VMD soils. Further researches to develop specific PTFs for tropical delta soils are recommended for accurate SWRC estimationin such regions.
    Agricultural Water Management 08/2015; 158:126-138. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.04.011
  • Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 157:65-77. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2014.09.002
  • Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 157:6-11. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2014.10.006
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, a modified fuzzy credibility constrained programming (MFCCP) model is developed for agricultural irrigation systems management under uncertainty. The developed MFCCP model incorporates fuzzy programming and credibility constrained programming into a modelling framework, which can solve the problems associated with uncertain parameters in fuzzy decision space when their stochastic distribution information are unavailable. Optimal schemes can be obtained in the combination of different credibility levels and various contributions from possibility and necessity to credibility. The MFCCP model is applied to a real case study in the agricultural areas of Wulabo lowland in Urumqi, which is a typical arid region in Northwest China. The results indicate that the credibility level intensely affects system net benefit, especially when it varies from 1 to 0.9. Water allocation to all crops decreases with the increasing credibility level, which is the major reason for the total benefit's shrink. The developed model can effectively specify the variety of uncertainties through provision of additional λ information, which represents the possibility of satisfying the objective and constraints and corresponds to the decision makers’ preference regarding the tradeoffs between system benefits and reliability levels. Moreover, significantly different management strategies exist under various contribution rates of possibility and necessity to credibility, therefore the model can be adjusted according to various considerations, besides, much optimal and applicable management strategies can be expected through identifying the most appropriate contribution rate for possibility and necessity to credibility.
    Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.005
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    ABSTRACT: Increased urban demand for landscape irrigation, as well as interest in promoting water-use efficient species by municipalities, water purveyors, and homeowners associations emphasize the need for comparative data on consumptive water use by warm-season lawn grasses. The objective of this study was to quantify actual evapotranspiration (ETa) and to develop crop coefficients (Kc) for four warm-season turfgrass species, namely ‘Tifway’ bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. x Cynodon transvaalensis Burtt-Davy), ‘Empire’ zoysiagrass (Zoysia japonica Steud.), ‘Floratam’ St. Augustinegrass [Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walter) Kuntze], and ‘Argentine’ bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flugge). Crop coefficients were derived by dividing ETa (measured directly from lysimeter weight change over 24 to 72-h periods) by reference evapotranspiration (ETo) calculated from the ASCE–EWRI Standardized Method using onsite weather station data. Data were collected over three seasons from non-stressed, well-watered turf. For 17 of the 30 measurement periods, Kc did not differ among the 4 species, and on 24 of 30 periods zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, and St. Augustinegrass Kc did not differ from one another. A trend toward elevated Kc was observed in bahiagrass in years 2 and 3, particularly during early spring measurement periods. Kc values for all species fluctuated across seasons and years, peaking to ∼0.8 during active growth periods when vapor pressure deficit and solar radiation were greatest, and declining to ∼0.3 in late fall and winter. Root growth differences among the species appeared to have a stronger relationship to ET rates than did shoot growth rate. Results demonstrated that the commonly recommended warm-season turf coefficient of 0.6, while approximating overall average annual ETa, under-predicted ETa during active growth periods and over-predicted ETa during late fall and winter periods, when turf was slowly growing or quiescent. The results indicate seasonal refinement of Kc values may be needed to more effectively meet consumptive water use requirements of warm-season turfgrasses.
    Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 156:10-18. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.020
  • Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 157. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.01.001
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    ABSTRACT: To protect against soil secondary salinization, a desalination process for farmland drainage using wetlands was evaluated. In this study, the desalination effects of different plants in Chagan Lake were analyzed. A field experiment was conducted in the Qianguo irrigation district to choose the most efficient desalting plant by comparing the biomass contents and the ash rates of Typha spp., Phragmites communis, Phragmites japonica Steud. var. prostrata (Makino) L. Liu, Medicago sativa Linn., Lemna minor L. and Potamogeton crispus. Typha spp., Phragmites communis and Potamogeton crispus performed best among tested species in removing salt from saline farmland drainage. According to the calculated ash rates and ion contents, the amount of salt removed by reaping reed and cattail accounted for 10-26% of the salt in the drainage. The removal efficiencies of Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, Cl− and SO42− ions are 9-15% per year. A constructed wetland containing 233-288 km2 of Typha spp. is required so that the removal efficiency of these six ions can be more than 80%.
    Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 156:19-29. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.001
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    ABSTRACT: Infrared thermal radiometers (IRTs) are an affordable tool for researchers to monitor canopy temperature. In this maize experiment, six treatments of regulated deficit irrigation levels were evaluated. The main objective was to evaluate these six treatments in terms of six indices (three previously proposed and three introduced in this study) used to quantify water stress. Three are point-in-time indices where one daily reading is assumed representative of the day (Crop Water Stress Index – CWSI, Degrees Above Non-Stressed – DANS, Degrees Above Canopy Threshold – DACT) and three integrate the cumulative impact of water stress over time (Time Temperature Threshold – TTT, Integrated Degrees Above Non-Stressed – IDANS, Integrated Degrees Above Canopy Threshold – IDACT). Canopy temperature was highly correlated with leaf water potential (R2 = 0.895). To avoid potential bias, the lowest observation from the non-stressed treatment was chosen as the baseline for DANS and IDANS indices. Early afternoon temperatures showed the most divergence and thus this is the ideal time to obtain spot index values. Canopy temperatures and stress indices were responsive to evapotranspiration-based irrigation treatments. DANS and DACT were highly correlated with CWSI above the corn threshold 28 °C used in the TTT method, and all indices showed linear relationship with soil water deficit at high temperatures. Recommendations are given to consider soils with high water-holding capacity when choosing a site for non-stressed reference crops used in the DANS method. The DACT may be the most convenient index, as all it requires is a single canopy temperature measurement yet has strong relationships with other indices and crop water measurements.
    Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 156. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.023
  • Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 157:12-30. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2014.08.022
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    ABSTRACT: Knowledge about regulation of stomatal conductance is necessary to improve grapevine water use efficiency. The vast range of grapevine cultivars may allow choosing the best-performing ones to global changing conditions provided the understanding and characterization of their physiological responses. In this study, a comparison between two cultivars (Tempranillo and Grenache) with different reputation in water use efficiency was performed during two experimental years in field-conditions. Water relations, leaf gas exchange and abscisic acid (ABA) dynamics were measured at different phenological stages along the growing seasons. A clear difference in the regulation of leaf water relations was observed between cultivars under water stress conditions. Specifically, results showed that there is a clear relationship between hydraulic conductance (Kh) and stomatal regulation. However, ABA can exert a differentiating role on stomatal control during different stages within the grapevine growth period. Furthermore, this study showed that differences in osmotic adjustment could lead to substantial differentiation in the stomatal regulation and the leaf water use efficiency.
    Agricultural Water Management 07/2015; 156:1-9. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.011
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    ABSTRACT: Climate change is expected to intensify the existing risks, particularly in regions where water scarcity is already a concern, as well as create new opportunities in some areas. Efforts to develop adaptation strategies for agricultural water management can benefit from understanding the risks and adaptation strategies proposed to date. This understanding may assist in developing priorities for the adaptation of water resources for irrigation. Here we characterise the main risks across European regions and evaluate adaptation strategies by reviewing over 168 highly relevant publications that appeared in the last 15 years. Based on this extensive database we characterise the effort and benefit of a number of agronomic and policy measures, aiming to develop concrete adaptation plans and responding to concrete regional challenges. The adaptation choices consider current technological perspectives and do not project future technological change; we are certain that technological change will shape some choices for adaptation in the coming decades. The greatest scope for action is in improving adaptive capacity and responding to changes in water demands, however the implementation requires revamping current water policy, adequate training to farmers and viable financial instruments. These results aim to assist stakeholders as they take up the adaptation challenge and develop measures to reduce the vulnerability of the sector to climate change.
    Agricultural Water Management 06/2015; 155. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.014
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    ABSTRACT: Crop area optimization is essential for agricultural water management. However, decision makers are challenged by the complexity of fluctuating stream condition and irrigation quota, varying economic profits and crop yield, as well as grayness and errors in the estimated modeling parameters. A random-fuzzy-variable-based inexact two-stage stochastic chance-constrained programming (RFV-ITSCCP) model is developed for crop area optimization in response to such complexities in more efficient and sustainable ways. The model is capable of tackling parameters’ dual uncertainties of both randomness and fuzziness and meanwhile reflecting uncertainties expressed as intervals and probability distributions. Moreover, the developed model is helpful for managers in gaining insight into the tradeoffs between the system benefit and the constraint-violation risk. The RFV-ITSCCP model is applied in crop area optimization in the middle reaches of Heihe River basin, northwest of China. The results provide crop area allocation under various flow levels with the maximum system benefit under uncertainty, minimizing the penalty due to water deficit especially in arid and semi-arid area. The results show that the system efficiency (benefit per unit area) increases by 13.2% than conventional linear programming (LP) model with the most credible fuzzy number values under the same condition of water supply, irrigation regimes and socio-economic conditions, which can demonstrate the feasibility and applicability of the developed RFV-ITSCCP model. Sensitivity analysis is also conducted to analyze the impacts of key model parameters on the results. The obtained results are valuable for supporting the adjustment of the existing crop area patterns and identifying desired crop area schemes under complex uncertainties.
    Agricultural Water Management 06/2015; 155. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.013
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    ABSTRACT: In Pakistan, like many of the developing countries, crop yields under dryland agriculture are very low. This field research aimed at investigating improving land and water productivities and farmers’ incomes through improved water management, crop intensification and diversification under rainfed and supplemental irrigation (SI) conditions. With improved packages (e.g. high yielding varieties, appropriate seed rates, time of sowing, and use of fertilizers) an average of 31% higher yields of rainfed wheat (Triticum aestivum) were obtained by farmers compared to their traditional practices. The net income under the improved package was about Rs. 70,000/ha (1 US$ = Rs. 72), almost double that under farmers’ current practices. The highest wheat yield of 5102 kg/ha obtained in small plots was 28% higher than for farmers’ current practices; followed by the raised bed yield of 4776 kg/ha. With only 20% extra cost for water used as SI for small plot sowing with improved practices, there was 47% higher wheat yield and over 60% higher net income obtained compared to farmers’ practices. Similarly, with about 10% additional cost for SI, groundnut (Arachis hypogea) yield and net income increased up to four times compared to farmers’ practices. It may be concluded that, in this environment, much of the yield gap between farmers and research may be closed by adopting simple and low cost integrated packages.
    Agricultural Water Management 06/2015; 155. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.03.006