The Multiple Benefits of CIMIS—Publicly Provided Weather and Irrigation Information in California

Trilnick, Itai, Alice Huang, Jed Silver, Ben Gordon and David Zilberman

from ARE Update Vol. 25, No. 6, Jul/Aug, 2022

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Abstract

We analyze the current uses of the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS), assess the economic gains, and suggest potential strategies for future implementation. We estimate that using CIMIS has led to annual economic benefits of at least $700 million, of which a significant portion is attributed to water savings in non-agricultural sectors. CIMIS demonstrates the high value of public information that enhances water conservation and increases water-use efficiency.

Keywords

Water conservation, weather station, irrigation, precision, information.

Citation

Trilnick, Itai, Alice Huang, Jed Silver, Ben Gordon and David Zilberman. 2022. "The Multiple Benefits of CIMIS—Publicly Provided Weather and Irrigation Information in California." ARE Update 25(6): 5-8. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/filer/file/1661186505/20471/