Henry David Thoreau
Albert Szent Gyorgyi
First set of sensors ready for the installation at the beginning of action B6
First set of nodes and gateways for the preliminary functioning of the WSN.
Geo-database with the main soil, climate, watertable, water salinity, water flow parameters.
Initial spatial evaluation of soil salinity, watertable level, crops, watr flow and salinity in irrigation and drainage channels within each sector of the pilot area.
Model of soil and water salinity for irrigation recommendation (first version).
Spatial delimitation of sectors for water management.
Preliminary version of web control system available.
Definition of spatial localization of sensors within the sectors.
Model of soil and water salinity for irrigation recommendation (second version) checked at small scale in crops cultivated in pots.
Fully integrated heterogeneous WSN is ready for the installation in the Agrisfera agro-wetland.
Agrowetland web- platform (web-control system and user interface for irrigation management) final version up and running.
Start of the AGROWETLAND system operation.
Model of soil and water salinity for irrigation recommendation (final version) checked at field scale in pilot area.
Wireless sensors network and weather station fully installed.
Full AGROWETLANDS system operating in the pilot area (after adaptation and validation).
With a bad irrigation, the salts present in the water are deposited on the soil surface and hinder the plants growth: a serious problem of soil degradation which can lead to desertification. To fight this phenomenon, Agrowetlands II relies to agriculture of accuracy, by introducing an innovative system of irrigation management that guarantees the preservation of the soil and water quality, maintain productivity, the protection of biodiversity and the regular adaptation to climate change. Agriculture becomes hi-tech with wireless sensors that detect moisture and soil salinity by providing valuable information for irrigation management.
B. Implementation actions
B.1 Environmental database construction, modelling of water and salt flow in the pilot area
B.2 Development of a new model of soil and water salinity for irrigation recommendation
B.3 Development and implementation of web-control system and user interface for irrigation management
B.4 Development of an integrated WSN modules to monitor soil and water salinity, and water-table level for the sustainable irrigation
B.5 Field installation of wireless sensor network in pilot area
B.6 Field application of SMART-AGROWETLANDS II and evaluation of its effects on crops
C. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions
C.1 Monitoring the Project’s impact on salinity status in agro-wetland pilot area
C.2 Monitoring the Project’s impact on the natural and semi-natural habitats, plant communities and biological quality of water and assessment on socio-economic impact
The experience of past and on-going LIFE projects dealing with the same or similar problems will be important for both increasing the range of the effect of the project’s outputs (replicability) and sharing experience. Networking activities will aim to exchange knowledge and best practices among similar project platforms to ensure an efficient transfer of know-how and experience in order to foster its replication in similar context.
This is the list of LIFE Projects directly relates to LIFE Agrowetlands II:
|WSTORE2 – Reconciling agriculture with environment through a new water governance in coastal and saline areas (LIFE 11ENV/IT/035)
|AQUALIFE - Development of an innovative and user-friendly indicator system for biodiversity in groundwater dependent ecosystems (LIFE12 BIO/IT/000231)
|HELPSOIL - Helping enhanced soil functions and adaptation to climate change by sustainable conservation agriculture techniques (LIFE12 ENV/IT/000578)
|AGRICARE - Introducing innovative precision farming techniques in AGRIculture to decrease CARbon Emissions (LIFE13 ENV/IT/000583)
|RINASCE - Naturalistic Restoration for the integrated hydraulic-environmental Sustainability of the Emilian Canals (LIFE13 ENV/IT/000169)
Reference: Prof. Maria Speranza (Project Coordinator)
The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering department (DICAM) and Agricultural Sciences department (DipSA) participate to AGROWETLANDS II project.
Reference: Marino Tarozzi (President)
Agrisfera is the biggest cooperative farm in the province of Ravenna (Italy); it counts nearly 400 members. Agrisfera manages and cultivates an area of more than 4,000 ha and also operates in various agricultural sector such as the production of high quality milk, the production and marketing of ornamental woody plants, the production of biogas, through two units of 1MW each. Today Agrisfera adopts the precision farming techniques for nearly all the herbaceous crops of its farms, using monitor and autoguidance systems for the tractors, the fertilizer spreaders and for the combines. Agrisfera will assist the experimental field activities of AGROWETLAND that will take place in five of its farms, providing its wideexpertise on the precision agriculture.
Reference: Cristina Bombarda (Administrator)
OSV is a highly qualified agricultural manufacturing engineering company. It was founded more than 40 years ago as a commercial department for a group of agricultural machinery manufacturing companies. Since its origins its activity has been focussed in the agriculture sector, and they now have built up extensive commercial networks and contacts across the EC embracing dealers, farmers, wholesalers, etc. For this project in particular OSV will act as a specialized SME supplier of the technology required. The company will share its technical expertise in the field of existing irrigation equipment and management systems and will assist the University of Bologna and IRIS in the technological developments required to adapt the environmental monitoring instrument.
Reference: Stefania Arici (Administrator)
Winet Srl is a young company, founded in 2011, dealing with the creation and development of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) for innovative loT applications, mainly in the field of environmental monitoring, agricultural support and landslides detection. Winet develops solutions based on multifunctional devices, characterized by small size, low cost and highenergy efficiency. Winet has taken part in EU (EuroCPS of Horizon 2020) and regional (Emilia Romagna - Startup innovative 2013) funded projects dealing with agriculture topics; some of its engineers are co-authors of papers published on main international journals or presented at international conferences. The Company has an active collaboration with different University Departments and works both with public authorities (CER-lrrinet) and big companies or cooperatives (Zespri, Apofruit).
The Winet's engineers involved in the Agrowetlands Il project are expert of hardware MCUs, WSN communications and energy efficiency. Winet will realise the WSN and the irrigation web portail of the project.