Smart Farming Techniques for Climate Change Adaptation in Cyprus
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Study Area
2.2. Methods of Production and Cropping System
2.3. Smart Farming Approach
2.3.1. From Data Collection to Farming Advice
- Environmental conditions: Solar radiation, precipitation, relative humidity, wind speed, temperature, and soil moisture. Based on these data, it is feasible to calculate the amount of the plant’s moisture loss due to the “evapotranspiration” phenomenon.
- Aquatic state of the plant: Leaf water potential and stomatal conductance that are recorded with the use of sophisticated equipment.
- Other parcel details: Irrigation system, planting distances, crop variety, mechanical soil composition, etc.
- Recordings of irrigation: Time and quantity of irrigation water utilized.
- Amount of irrigation water provided to the parcel;
- Amount of precipitation at the parcel;
- Water loss due to evaporation.
2.3.2. Collected Field Data
2.3.3. Web-Based Application
2.4. Expert Assessment Process
3. Results and Discussion
3.1. Analysis of Collected Data on Irrigation
3.2. Analysis of Collected Data on Pest Management
3.3. Expert Assessment
- Provision of real time on-farm data.
- Accurate information and fast access to information.
- Visual (graphs) and numerical (tables) integration of real time data.
- The user can rely on timely and accurate information.
- The solution facilitates on-farm decision making.
- The solution is relatively user-friendly and provides several critical information that may help reduce costs and manage more effectively the farm. The solution seems to be a smart decision support system.
- Farmers might potentially increase their profits and at the same time protect the environment via the rational use of resources (e.g., irrigation, pesticides).
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Adamides, G.; Kalatzis, N.; Stylianou, A.; Marianos, N.; Chatzipapadopoulos, F.; Giannakopoulou, M.; Papadavid, G.; Vassiliou, V.; Neocleous, D. Smart Farming Techniques for Climate Change Adaptation in Cyprus. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 557. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11060557
Adamides G, Kalatzis N, Stylianou A, Marianos N, Chatzipapadopoulos F, Giannakopoulou M, Papadavid G, Vassiliou V, Neocleous D. Smart Farming Techniques for Climate Change Adaptation in Cyprus. Atmosphere. 2020; 11(6):557. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11060557Chicago/Turabian Style
Adamides, George, Nikos Kalatzis, Andreas Stylianou, Nikolaos Marianos, Fotis Chatzipapadopoulos, Marianthi Giannakopoulou, George Papadavid, Vassilis Vassiliou, and Damianos Neocleous. 2020. "Smart Farming Techniques for Climate Change Adaptation in Cyprus" Atmosphere 11, no. 6: 557. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11060557