Special Issue "Climate Smart Irrigation Management for Sustainable Agricultural Cultivation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: evapotranspiration; irrigation management; water stress; salinity stress; water use efficiency; sustainable water management; vegetables; irrigation DSS; sustainable fertilization
Interests: evapotranspiration; irrigation management; water quality; ecophysiology; abiotic stress; vegetables; yield quality
Interests: water management in agriculture; irrigation; soil water balance and crop growth modeling; climate change impact; adaptation and mitigation; eco-efficiency
Interests: open field and greenhouse horticulture; soilless cultivation techniques; sensor-based fertigation management; improvement of water use efficiency in horticulture; mineral plant nutrition; composting and reuse of organic waste materials; yield and quality of vegetables
Interests: crop water needs; sensor-based irrigation management; DSS for irrigation systems; irrigation systems design and auditing
Interests: mathematical simulation and analysis of water resources systems (with emphasis in agricultural uses); soil–water movement; soil–water–plants–atmosphere relationships; water resources management; irrigation techniques; hydroinformatics; spatial analysis
Interests: greenhouse cultivation techniques; soilless cultivation techniques; sensor-based fertigation management in horticulture; improvement of water use efficiency in horticulture; mineral plant nutrition; biofortification of vegetables
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On the global scale, only 20% of agricultural land is currently irrigated. Nevertheless, it produces more than 40% of the world’s food requirements. In the years to come, the demand for water in agriculture will continue to grow to meet the increase in food needs for an ever-growing world population. Moreover, the impact of climate variability and change on agricultural production will be enhanced, which will trigger additional water needs in the agricultural sector and a possible extension of irrigated land. However, fresh water resources are limited (especially in irrigated, usually arid and semiarid, regions), where water requirements of other sectors (domestic, industrial, environment) are expected to increase as well. Therefore, the challenge of irrigated agriculture is to produce more food of better quality with less water and with an optimized use of other resources, like nutrients and energy.
To respond to the above challenge, a myriad of climate-smart irrigation options has been under investigation in the last few years, including the adoption of new cultivars which are more resistant to abiotic stresses, the latest generation of monitoring sensors and irrigation management tools, integration of remote sensing and field data to optimize plant response to specific growing conditions, novel management strategies based on sustainable and eco-efficient use of resources, use of anti-transpirants, organic mulching material, soil conditioners, etc.
The general objective of this Special Issue (SI) is, therefore, to gather the results of the most recent research on climate smart irrigation practices and techniques that can be applied to promote sustainable crop cultivation under various pedo-climatic conditions and constraints. In particular, the research topics related to the efficient management of irrigation both in an open field and in greenhouses will be covered in this issue.
All types of manuscripts (original research, reviews, short communications, letters to editor, and discussions) are welcome.
Articles may include but are not limited to the following topics:
- Agronomic practices (e.g., sowing/planting methods, soil management, cultivars) that can lead to water saving;
- Irrigation strategies and techniques that optimize water, nutrient, and energy use;
- Advanced tools, sensors, and monitoring techniques for sustainable irrigation management;
- Use of nonconventional water resources for irrigation (treated wastewater, saline and brackish water);
- Innovative approaches for performance evaluation of irrigation at farm and scheme scale.
Dr. Vito Cantore
Dr. Francesca Boari
Prof. Mladen Todorovic
Dr. Angelo Parente
Prof. Ioannis L. Tsirogiannis
Dr. Nikolaos Malamos
Dr. Francesco Fabiano Montesano
Manuscript Submission Information
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- water use efficiency
- water saving
- climate change
- irrigation management tools
- nonconventional water resources