Developing web-based irrigation models and services

André Muga, Pedro Teodoro, M. Neto, José M. Gonçalves, Gonçalo Rodrigues, Raul Jorge, Paula Paredes, Luís S. Pereira

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This paper describes a research project to develop web-based irrigation models and services based on models integration. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are now a priority in various areas of production and water use. Following this trend, ICT in the irrigation domain should favor efficient water use by farmers and web-based models may contribute for upgrading irrigation management at farm and system level. Adopting decision support systems (DSS) should help farmers to adopt water management practices balancing economic, environmental and water use criteria. To support the development of these approaches when developing web services related to irrigation management it is required to: upgrade the models and combine them using OpenMI technologies, adopt multicriteria analysis (MCA) - consider water use, environment and economic criteria - and provide these models for web multi-users. Tasks include: (1) upgrading design models for surface, sprinkler and micro-irrigation systems from the respective stand-alone versions; (2) integrating design and irrigation scheduling models; (3) creating the engine at the backend of the irrigation scheduling applications to be reached by the users; (4) testing the models with nearby and remote users. Several functionalities will be considered: (a) MCA to support decisions on normal planning of the season irrigation or to develop a deficit irrigation strategy; (b) capabilities to run the models in a GIS environment; (c) adopting spatial remote sensing data to provide for near real-time estimation of crop evapotranspiration. This web-based software will be analyzed to plan related web services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXVIIth World Congress of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • DSS, Design, Irrigation management, Web services

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