Articles | Volume 373
12 May 2016
 | 12 May 2016

Local irrigation systems, regional hydrological problems and the demand for overarching solutions at the example of an irrigation system in the P.R. of China

David Nijssen, Andreas H. Schumann, and Bertram Monninkhoff

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Short summary
To objectively compare possible solutions for drought, they have to be commensurable; a daunting condition if they are implementable on dissimilar spatial scales and/or physical compartments. In a water scarce region in China it is it is shown how a generic meta-model in form of a dynamic water balance simulating the hydrosystem, including anthropogenic factors, allows the appraisal of various measure's effects on one one factor; thus securing commensurability.