Special Issue "Toward Digital Drought Management in Irrigated Agriculture: Challenge, Opportunity and Application"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Use and Irrigation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jae Hyeon Ryu
Guest Editor
Department of Soil and Water System, University of Idaho, ID 83702, Boise, USA
Interests: drought; climate change; precision agriculture; unmanned aerial systems (UASs); unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs); wireless sensor networks (WSNs); smart farming; digital agriculture; pest management; remote sensing; sensors.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Drought increasingly threatens the sustainability of water resources in many regions around the world. The United States, for example, has experienced 17 drought years during the period 1980–2018 that have exceeded $171 billion in damages and costs, equivalent to an average annual loss of about $8.5 billion. Given current trends in climate variability, population growth, and urbanization, economic losses from drought are likely to continue and increase. One very effective way to mitigate some of these costs and potential catastrophic losses in irrigated agriculture is to use fast-moving technology, such as unmanned aerial systems (UASs), wireless sensor networks, and artificial intelligence (AI), to improve our understanding of the factors that drive the onset and development of drought conditions at local and regional scales, enabling planners and end-users to more effectively manage and meter out their limited water resources.              

This Special Issue aims to provide researchers from academia, industry, government entities, and private sectors with the opportunity to share digital farming experiences, technology, and skillsets to improve valued-added irrigated agriculture, with a particular focus on: 

1.improving drought forecasting, monitoring, and outlook using big data;

2. increasing productivity in irrigated agriculture using remote sensing technologies (e.g., satellites, UASs, unmanned ground systems);

3. promoting pest management strategies associated with drought;

4. advancing irrigation technology with innovative solutions;

5. integrating wireless sensor networks with the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or AI for drought management;

6. exploring drought management alternatives by working with stakeholders in a changing climate; and

7.discussing future digital farming practice in a changing global environment possibly affected by COVID-19.

Prof. Dr. Jae Hyeon Ryu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • drought
  • precision agriculture
  • remote sensing
  • unmanned aerial systems
  • unmanned ground systems
  • wireless sensing networks
  • irrigated agriculture.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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