Contributors to the Great Debate
John Gowing is Reader in Agricultural Water Management
at Newcastle University. His primary research interest is
irrigated agriculture with a focus on improved management of
irrigation systems, which has involved activity in various
countries within the tropics and sub-tropics.
Recent activities have explored scope for multi-purpose management of
irrigation systems including consideration of non-consumptive
water uses such as for fishing and aquaculture.
His interest in agricultural water management extends
beyond irrigation and into catchment management and dryland
cropping systems. Collaborative research projects with partners
in Africa have focused on interactions between land-use and
hydrological response in a semi-arid environment.
His research often brings together elements of soil
science and hydrology within broader interdisciplinary
approaches to environmental management. This interest is
reflected in recent work, which explored indigenous
farmers’ knowledge of their soils as an aid to planning
soil-water management interventions. It is reflected also in a
third focus of research, which has involved a succession of
research students in investigation of the soil hydrological
processes affecting management of salinity in irrigated land.
John Gowing was on the panel of the I'm A Subsistence Farmer... Get
Me Out Of Here! debate at The Great Debate:
Developing World Challenges in March 2008.
(Click here for edited video of debate).
He also is on the panel of
Food and Water Security
as part of The Green Phoenix debate programme
in August 2010.
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F. Konukcu; J.W. Gowing; D.A. Rose. Dry drainage: A sustainable solution to
waterlogging and salinity problems in irrigation areas?. Agricultural Water
Management 2006, 83(1-2), 1-12.
Gowing, J.W.; F. Konukcu; and D.A. Rose. Evaporative flux from a shallow watertable:
The influence of a vapour–liquid phase transition. Journal of Hydrology 2006, 321(1-4), 77-89.
Li, Q.; J.W. Gowing; and T. Gunawardhana. A daily water balance approach for evaluating
performance of irrigation tanks. Water Resources Management 2005, 19, 211-231.
Rose D.A.; F. Konukcu; and J.W. Gowing. Effect of watertable depth on evaporation and
salt accumulation from saline groundwater. Australian Journal of Soil Research 2005, 43(5), 565-573.
Li, Q.; J.W. Gowing; & C.Mayilswami. Multiple-use management in a large irrigation system:
technical constraints to integrating aquaculture within irrigation canals. Irrigation and
Drainage 2005, 54, 31-42.
Gowing, J.W.; and Q. Li. Multiple-use management in a large irrigation system: benefits
of distributed secondary storage. Irrigation & Drainage Systems 2004, 18(1), 57-72.
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