ERL&ERC联合特刊精选|Future of Water-Limited Agricultural Landscapes

19 4月 2024 gabriels



  • Caitlin A Peterson,美国加利福尼亚公共政策研究所
  • Francisco Fernández,智利马约尔大学
  • Kristen Dybala,美国Point Blue Conservation Science公司
  • Kyle Frankel Davis,美国特拉华大学
  • Rajan Ghimire,美国新墨西哥州立大学
  • Rose Roche,澳大利亚CSIRO Agriculture & Food机构
  • Uday Nidumolu,澳大利亚CSIRO Agriculture & Food机构



Water-limited environments contain some of the world’s most important irrigated and rainfed agricultural landscapes, from the San Joaquin Valley of California to the Murray-Darling basin and Australian wheat belt, the Indo-Gangetic basin of South Asia, and many others. Yet there is growing evidence that agricultural production in these regions is approaching its limits and that current practices may not be sustained. What happens to these lands when changing climates and political environments mean that business-as-usual agricultural production is no longer an option?

This special issue examines water-dependent lands in transition, including irrigated croplands transitioning to dryland agriculture, dryland cropping systems transitioning to mixed livestock-cropping systems or predominantly livestock grazing, semi-arid environments becoming more arid, and similar system transformations spurred by water scarcity. More specifically, it looks at the benefits and tradeoffs from alternative land uses in areas that can no longer rely on water from precipitation or irrigation.

  • How can these lands become liabilities or assets depending on the balance of environmental conditions and management choices?
  • In what ways and to what extent can sectors that depend on agricultural land use adapt to water scarcity?
  • How do land use transitions play out for those whose lives and livelihoods are directly impacted, and what enables optimal outcomes for the most possible stakeholders?
  • Where are the success stories that can serve as guideposts for regions undergoing similar transitions?

This collection explores the human and ecosystem level implications of land use transitions in production landscapes, including the tradeoffs associated with alternative land uses and land abandonment, impacts on food production, environment, and society, scenarios for feasibility, and considerations for planning and implementation of multi-benefit landscapes in the face of water scarcity.



Focus on the future of water-limited agricultural landscapes

Caitlin A Peterson et al 2024 Environ. Res. Lett. 19 020201



Assessing policy options for sustainable water use in India’s cereal production system

Vartika Singh et al 2023 Environ. Res. Lett. 18 094073


Crop diversity buffers the impact of droughts and high temperatures on food production

Delphine Renard et al 2023 Environ. Res. Lett. 18 045002


Using reclaimed water to cope with water scarcity: an alternative for agricultural irrigation in Spain

Mario Ballesteros-Olza et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 125002


Accounting for socioeconomic constraints in sustainable irrigation expansion assessments

Nicole van Maanen et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 075004


Climate change shifts agropastoral-pastoral margins in Africa putting food security and livelihoods at risk

Uday Nidumolu et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 095003


Post-Soviet changes in cropping practices in the irrigated drylands of the Aral Sea basin

Philippe Rufin et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 095013


Strong trade-offs characterise water-energy-food related sustainable development goals in the Ganges–Brahmaputra–Meghna River basin

Christian Siderius et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 105005



Intra and interspecific variability of Quercus suber and Quercus canariensis, an intrinsic water-use efficiency approach for differentiation

Olfa Frouja et al 2022 Environ. Res. Commun. 4 105002


Effects of water surplus on prevented planting in the US Corn Belt for corn and soybeans

Seunghyun Lee and John T Abatzoglou 2023 Environ. Res. Commun. 5 095014


Long coleoptile genotype and soil texture interactions determine establishment success and early growth parameters of wheat sown at depth

B E Stummer et al 2023 Environ. Res. Commun. 5 055015


Landowner decisions regarding utility-scale solar energy on working lands: a qualitative case study in California

Nicole Buckley Biggs et al 2022 Environ. Res. Commun. 055010


Plant and soil microbial responses to irrigation retirement in semiarid cropping systems

Agustín Núñez et al 2022 Environ. Res. Commun. 4 035004



The importance of fit in groundwater self-governance

Landon T Marston et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 111001


Topical review

Adapting agriculture to climate change via sustainable irrigation: biophysical potentials and feedbacks

Lorenzo Rosa 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 063008


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