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Special Issue "Evapotranspiration and Plant Irrigation Strategies"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water–Food–Energy Nexus".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maria Isabel Freire Ribeiro Ferreira

Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
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Phone: +351-966454373
Interests: Irrigation scheduling; Irrigation planning; Evapotranspiration; Water stress; Roots behaviour
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Arturo Alvino

Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy
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Phone: +39-3204308922
Interests: Agronomy; Plant-water relationship; precision agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of the journal Water will present the state of art of the factors (ecological, physiological, physical, agronomic, economic, genetic and socio-economic factors, etc.) affecting evapotranspiration and irrigation strategies. Appropriate and precise estimations of evapotranspiration (water consumed) and water supplied to crops (rainfall and irrigation) may contribute positively to food security and food safety, while contributing to climate change mitigation and the reduction of groundwater pollution.

Herewith a non-exhaustive list of topics related to this Special Issue (in alphabetical order):

  • Crop coefficients estimations (traditional and innovative methods, as with remote sensing,
  • Crop sensors for estimating crop water status,
  • Economics of irrigation water management,
  • Effective rainfall,
  • Effects of reduced amount of soil organic matter on irrigation strategies,
  • Genetic studies to improve water-use efficiency of cultivated crops for different purposes (agriculture, landscapes, land degradation, etc.).
  • Irrigation management for specialty crops
  • Irrigation management for urban horticulture,
  • Irrigation water quality,
  • Measuring soil moisture and soil water holding capacity,
  • Partitioning of evapotranspiration in remote sensing-based models,
  • Precision irrigation for farm sustainability and environmental protection,
  • Soil conditioners and mulches for enhancing soil properties, in particular soil water availability,
  • Solar fertigation and other environmentally-friendly irrigation methods, and
  • Variable rate irrigation,

Each of the above topics may contribute in meeting crop demand for optimum water productivity. The Guest Editors are confident that scientists will join this Special Issue by submitting papers on “Evapotranspiration and Plant Irrigation Strategies”.

Prof. Dr. Maria Isabel Freire Ribeiro Ferreira
Prof. Dr. Arturo Alvino
Guest Editors

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  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Irrigation planning
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Agronomy
  • Plant-water relationship

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Evaporation and Soil Surface Resistance of the Water Storage Pit Irrigation Trees in the Loess Plateau
Water 2019, 11(4), 648; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11040648
Received: 21 January 2019 / Revised: 21 March 2019 / Accepted: 23 March 2019 / Published: 28 March 2019
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As an important step for formulating a water-saving agricultural strategy, it is essential to make quantitative calculations for orchard soil evaporation and confirm its inner mechanism, so as to reduce ineffective water consumption and improve the utilization efficiency of water resources. To reveal [...] Read more.
As an important step for formulating a water-saving agricultural strategy, it is essential to make quantitative calculations for orchard soil evaporation and confirm its inner mechanism, so as to reduce ineffective water consumption and improve the utilization efficiency of water resources. To reveal the effect of water storage pits under water storage pit irrigation conditions in orchard soil evaporation, micro-lysimeters were used to measure the soil evaporation in two different forms (soil surface evaporation and pit wall evaporation) under diverse irrigation systems using water storage pit irrigation in the apple growth period of 2018. To calculate the orchard soil evaporation of water storage pit irrigation, the pit irrigation coefficient was introduced and a model was constructed. To illustrate the inner mechanism of orchard soil evaporation, the soil surface resistance under water storage pit irrigation conditions was analyzed and calculated quantitatively. The results show that: (1) introducing the pit irrigation coefficient can boost the calculation precision of the orchard soil evaporation under water storage pit irrigation conditions; (2) when applying the soil evaporation of the water storage pit irrigation model for calculation of the orchard soil evaporation, R 2 can reach 0.92; and (3) the mechanisms of the two orchard soil evaporation forms under water storage pit irrigation are very different. When soil surface evaporation and pit wall evaporation were calculated by the soil surface resistance of water storage pit irrigation model, R 2 values were 0.95 and 0.96, respectively. Full article
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