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A daily water balance modelling approach for simulating performance of tank-based irrigation systems

Lookup NU author(s): John Gowing


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Tanks are small reservoirs, which are widely distributed in South India and Sri Lanka, where they represent an important water resource for people, crops, livestock and fish. Considerable efforts have been made to rehabilitate tank irrigation systems in recent decades, but there have been few studies carried out to improve understanding of their hydrology. This paper presents a daily water balance approach, which aims to simulate the dynamic behaviour of tank storage. The model was validated over four seasons for two representative tanks within Mahaweli System H, a major irrigation system in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Use of the model to evaluate current performance and scope for improvement is demonstrated. © Springer 2005.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Li Q, Gowing J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Water Resources Management

Year: 2005

Volume: 19

Issue: 3

Pages: 211-231

Print publication date: 01/06/2005

ISSN (print): 0920-4741

ISSN (electronic): 1573-1650

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s11269-005-2702-9


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