Insights into Efficient Irrigation of Urban Landscapes: Analysis Using Remote Sensing, Parcel Data, Water Use, and Tiered Rates

2022 | Kayson M. Shurtz, Emily Dicataldo, Robert B. Sowby, and Gustavious P. Williams (BYU)

To understand how landscape irrigation can be better managed, we selected two urban irrigation systems in northern Utah, USA, and analyzed relationships among water use, irrigated area, plant health (based on the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index), and water rate structures across thousands of parcels. Our approach combined remote sensing with 4-band imagery and on-site measurements from water meters. We present five key findings that can lead to more efficient irrigation practices.


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