Innovative Remote and Ground Sensors, Data and Tools into a decision support system for agriculture water management


JPI W2014

Mineco APCIN Program

Innovative Remote and Ground Sensors, Data and Tools into a decision support system for agriculture water management

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Intrigliolo Diego

CSIC (Spanish National Research Council)


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Improving the use of water in agriculture is of crucial importance for water resources management. The primary component of agricultural water use is Evapotranspiration (ET), also an important part of the water cycle, representing the sum of evaporation from the soil and plant transpiration from the Earth's land surface to the atmosphere. Consequently, determining ET accurately is a critical step for improving irrigation efficiency and productivity and for quantifying the ecosystem water balance. The IRIDA´s approach is to combine on the ground ET and soil moisture measurements, with remote sensing ET determinations obtained with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV/RPAS/UAS) (at plot scale) and manned vehicles and satellites (at catchment scale). IRIDA will integrate several innovative methodologies and routines into a decision support system that will serve to manage the large amount of inputs by means of big data analysis tools. The IRIDA platform to be created will provide simple irrigation recommendations, supporting end-users and irrigators when deciding the exact location for installing on-ground soil and plant water status sensors On the other hand, at the water basin level, under conditions of varying land use as in northern Europe, the evaluation of satellite remote sensing will allow increasing the accuracy of the ecosystem water balance determination, improving flood predictions and the water footprint assessment. At the end of the project execution, End Users’ interfaces and applications such as cloud web server and smartphone applications will be designed. By using the IRIDA protocols, the water savings to be achieved are expected to be around 7 to 15% and the estimated savings of direct farm costs could reach 420 €/ha. These first estimations based on theoretical assumptions, will be validated in several field demo-areas in Spain, Italy, Romania and Norway across very diverse environmental and cropping conditions

irrigation, soil water balance, evapotranspiration, decision support systems, ICT

Partner 1:
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSI) (Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS)) - SPAIN