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Irrigation Technology and Water Management in Agriculture: Toward a Sustainable Future

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 April 2024) | Viewed by 994

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Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokou Str., 38446 Volos, Greece
Interests: hydraulic properties of porous mediums; soil-water equations; algebraic; numerical and graphical solutions; infiltration; drainage; simulation and prediction models; water quality and toxicity; applications in irrigation; water saving; rational and sustainable water management

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Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources Development and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera Odos Street, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: soil physics; plant soil–water interaction; flow and transport in soils; horticultural substrates; vadose zone hydrology; water resource management
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Dear Colleagues,

Agriculture is heavily reliant on water, requiring rational irrigation management to ensure quantity, quality, and high levels of yield within a sustainable agricultural ecosystem. Irrigation water management with the aid of innovative and sustainable applications is now more urgent than ever. Over the last years, the climate crisis has constantly interacted with the soil–water complex, affecting the hydrodynamics of water motion. As the situation in several areas of the world reaches crisis levels, water demands have begun to exceed the available reserves. Understanding the natural water–soil complex is challenging, but it can lead to future sustainable irrigation water use. 

The main scope of this Special Issue is to highlight the need for rational water management through research on related topics, such as aquifer recharge, groundwater levels, water quality, runoff, evapotranspiration, the infiltration rate, and soil physicochemical and hydraulic properties, etc. All the above are in direct interaction with the soil–water movement and have great impact on the irrigation dose, irrigation frequency, intensity etc., and therefore irrigation network design and water management. Improvements in agricultural water management and efficiency in water use can contribute to a sustainable future.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Irrigation planning
  • Irrigation water management
  • Deficit irrigation
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Modeling of soil water movement
  • Soil hydraulic properties
  • Wastewater reuse
  • Remote sensing
  • Artificial intelligence in agriculture

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Anastasia Angelaki
Dr. Paraskevi Londra
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable irrigation
  • rational water management
  • irrigation planning
  • soil hydraulic properties

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Physical and Economic Water Productivity in Agriculture between Traditional and Water-Saving Irrigation Systems: A Case Study in Southern Italy
by Chiara Perelli, Giacomo Branca, Chiara Corbari and Marco Mancini
Sustainability 2024, 16(12), 4971; - 11 Jun 2024
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Water scarcity is a growing social, economic, and political issue, especially in Southern European countries that are becoming even more arid and where different crops can be cultivated only if irrigation is possible. In this context, strategies to enhance water use efficiency are [...] Read more.
Water scarcity is a growing social, economic, and political issue, especially in Southern European countries that are becoming even more arid and where different crops can be cultivated only if irrigation is possible. In this context, strategies to enhance water use efficiency are regarded as critical from both an economic and an environmental standpoint. The present work aims to analyse water use efficiency and productivity of processing tomato in Apulia region of Southern Italy. Specifically, the study examines the potential enhancements in economic and physical water productivity through the simulation of the fully coupled FEST-EWB-SAFY model, a hydrological crop model that estimates the optimal water requirements for irrigation using satellite and ground data. The model’s estimates suggest that plants require significantly less water than that provided by conventional irrigation systems. The simulations also suggest that information technology, when combined with irrigation water-saving techniques, can lead to a reduction in water waste, an increase in water productivity, and lower incidence of water costs. Policy interventions should integrate water efficiency into existing regulatory measures and promote better water usage planning through the adoption of smart delivery systems aimed at supplying water only when necessary and at optimal volumes. Full article
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