1. 10/03/2017

    First set of sensors ready for the installation at the beginning of action B6

  2. 31/05/2017

    First set of nodes and gateways for the preliminary functioning of the WSN.

  3. 30/06/2017

    Geo-database with the main soil, climate, watertable, water salinity, water flow parameters.

  4. 01/07/2017

    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.

  5. 31/07/2017

    Model of soil and water salinity for irrigation recommendation (first version).

  6. 15/09/2017

    Spatial delimitation of sectors for water management.

  7. 29/09/2017

    Preliminary version of web control system available.

  8. 16/10/2017

    Definition of spatial localization of sensors within the sectors.

  9. 15/01/2018

    Model of soil and water salinity for irrigation recommendation (second version) checked at small scale in crops cultivated in pots.

  10. 27/04/2018

    Fully integrated heterogeneous WSN is ready for the installation in the Agrisfera agro-wetland.

  11. 16/07/2018

    Agrowetland web- platform (web-control system and user interface for irrigation management) final version up and running.
    Start of the AGROWETLAND system operation.

  12. 27/07/2018

    Model of soil and water salinity for irrigation recommendation (final version) checked at field scale in pilot area.

  13. 31/07/2018

    Wireless sensors network and weather station fully installed.

  14. 16/09/2019

    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. Some LIFE Projects subject to being contacted are:
  • LIFE SEGURA RIVERLINK – RIVERLINK. LIFE12 ENV/ES/001140
  • IRRIGESTLIFE- TELEMANAGEMENT NETWORK USING FREE CONTROLLERS CONECTED TO A GIS FOR AN OPTIMIZED IRRIGATION IN VITORIA-GASTEIZ LIFE11 ENV/ES/000615
  • HUMEDALES DE LA MANCHA - Restoration of salt flats around 27 endorheic wetland areas in La Mancha LIFE10 NAT/ES/000563
  • Δ-LAGOON - Restauración y gestión del hábitat en dos lagunas costeras del Delta del Ebro: Alfacada y Tancada LIFE09 NAT/ES/000520
  • IES - Irrigation expert Simulator. LIFE11 ENV/ES/000621
  • WSTORE2 – Reconciling agriculture with environment through a new water governance in coastal and saline areas (LIFE 11ENV/IT/035)
  • WATER4CROPS - Co-Funded by the EC under FP7 & DBT, GOI Area 2.3.5: Environmental Biotechnology - EC Grant Agreement No: FP7-KBBE-2012-6-311933
  • FIGARO (Flexible and Precision Irrigation Platform to Improve Farm Scale Water Productivity) - co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development
  • MOSES - Managing crOp water Saving with Enterprise Services H2020 –WATER-1a-2014 First application and market replication GA N. 642258
  • LIFE+ SOIL4WINE - Innovative approach to soil management in viticultural landscapes LIFE 2015 - LIFE15 ENV/IT/000641
  • LIFE+ IRRIMAN - Implementation of efficient irrigation management for a sustainable agriculture LIFE13 ENV/ES/000539

Partner:

The Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna – Lead Partner

 www.unibo.it

 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.

Agrisfera Soc. Coop. Agr. p.a.- Associated Partner

  www.agrisfera.it

 

 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.

OSV srl

 www.osv.it​

 

 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.

IRIS Innovacio' I Recerca Industrial I Sostenible

 www.iris.cat​

 

 Reference: Colm Digby (Administrator)

  IRIS was established in Spain in 2007 as an advanced engineering and R&D solutions provider, specialising in the area of process engineering. IRIS has knowledge, capacity and infrastructure.
In the field of Smart Systems, IRIS has broad expertise designing and developing Wireless Sensor Networks for environmental monitoring and will provide this project with fully equipped Smart Systems laboratory and mechanical workshop plus a project management structure.

Consegna deliverable di progetto: Geo-database armonizzato alla Direttiva INSPIRE

Articolo scritto da:

Alessandro Lambertini, PhD
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e...

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