Publicly funded weather database benefits users statewide
Daniel R. Cohen-Vogel
Daniel E. Osgood
Authors AffiliationsD. Parker is Associate Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, was Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, when this research was performed; D.R. Cohen-Vogel is Visiting Research Associate, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies; D.E. Osgood is Graduate Research Associate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; D. Zilberman is Professor and member of the Giannini Foundation, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
Hilgardia 54(3):21-25. DOI:10.3733/ca.v054n03p21. May 2000.
The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS), developed and operated by the California Department of Water Resources, was assessed using a UC Cooperative Extension survey and the CIMIS user database. We found that the benefits of the program far outweigh the state cost of about $850,000 per year. Statewide, 363,816 agricultural acres are under CIMIS, with annual estimated benefits of $64.7 million. Fresno and Kern counties receive the largest net benefits, while Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have the highest benefits per acre. According to our calculation, statewide agricultural water applications are reduced by 107,300 acre-feet annually. Initially designed for irrigation management, CIMIS weather information stations benefit a host of other agricultural and nonagricultural activities such as pest control and water use by parks and golf courses. Using general economic principles, we also assessed alternative scenarios for future management of CIMIS, such as charging fees or continuing its operation as a public-sector resource.
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