The course focuses on lectures and computer-based labs to provide students with fundamental concepts on soil hydrology, the use of online resources and several free softwares to compute crop water requirement, crop productivity, irrigation schedules and performance evaluation.
Online resources (free downloadable softwares and web sites);
Provided papers and documentation;
The course aims to provide the students with key concepts and practical tools for the use of the free softwares and online resources developed to aid irrigation management.
Basic knowledge on irrigation and plant biology.
Lectures and computer exercises.
Students are strongly encouraged to attend classes.
Having a personal laptop (with administrative rights) is recommended. Alternatively, the computers of the computer room can be used.
Pre-installed required softwares:
text writer (eg, MS Word or corresponding open-source options);
calculation spreadsheet (eg, MS Excel or corresponding open-source options);
text editor (suggested: Notepad ++, freely available).
Type of Assessment
Computer-based exam + oral exam.
Fundamental concepts on water in soils and evapotranspiration.
Introduction to CROPWAT 8.0: computation of crop water requirements and development of irrigation schedules.
CLIMWAT 2.0 and New_LocClim: climatic databases.
Harmonized World Soil Database: soil properties database.
Soil Water Characteristics: calculator of soil properties based on texture information.
Introduction to AQUACROP 5.0: computation of productivity response to water of herbaceous crops.
ETO calculator and DailyET: calculation of reference evapotranspiration.
Introduction to SaltMod 1.0.1: computation of soil and groundwater salinity and water table depth.
Introduction to AgroEcosystem Performance Assessment Tool: evaluation of agronomic and environmental performance of management practices in agroecosystems.