Irrigation technologies groundwater climate change drought Op-ed Kashi Kafle Soumya Balasubramanya
10 March 22
Irrigation technologies, such as drip lines, moisture probes and automated systems, are often viewed as solutions to reduce groundwater depletion. Yet, in Jordan, groundwater levels continue to drop even though the majority of land has been irrigated using such technologies for the past 20 years. It turns out that perception of water shortages in the past can affect current irrigation behavior in ways that exacerbate the groundwater problem.