Special Issue "Digitalisation of Water Management in Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019
Prof. Davide Viaggi
Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Viale Fanin, 50, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: agricultural policy evaluation; bioeconomy; water policy; environmental impact assessment and resource economics; evaluation of technical change and innovation in agriculture and food; farm investment behaviour; land markets; public goods in agriculture and forestry
Dr. Meri Raggi
University of Bologna, Department of Statistical Sciences, Via Belle Arti, 41, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: sample theory; primary data collection; environmental impact assessment in particular referred to water resources; discrete choice model; monetary valuation of public goods (contingent valuation; choice experiments) principal-agent models, multivariate statistical methodologies
The advancement of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the agricultural sector is opening up new opportunities to encourage the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and resource use by providing more timely and low-cost information services to farmers, as well as assist private and public agencies in coordinating agricultural agents. The potential benefits brought about with the use of ICTs in agriculture is particularly relevant for the management of water resources at different operational levels. Regional Environmental Agencies, Local Water Authorities, Advisory services and Farmers are thought to be the first recipient of such instruments. A sweeping progress of monitoring devices (field and plant sensors, meteorological information) and forecasting tools is contributing to increase the reliability of the information needed to support the ordinary management of water resources and to prevent from extreme weather events. This is accompanied by an improvement on data acquisition through decision support systems (DSS), increasing the ease of use of such technologies. As a consequence, the technological advancement of the digitalization of water management is knocking down knowledge and skills barriers to manage large body of information and complex equipment allowing the use of such technologies by an increasing number of potential beneficiaries. On the other hand, facing a number of potential technologies available, actual uptake is often lower than expected, highlighting uncertainties about the economic benefits of these tools and a number of barriers to development and adoption.
This Special Issue of Water calls for any contribution on this subject, taking an economic, management or policy perspective; the aim is to highlight weaknesses, strengths, limits and opportunities from these tools. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
1. Adoption mechanisms and profitability of precision irrigation in farms;
2. Use of ICT for coordination between farmers, irrigation boards and water authorities;
3. Use of digital tools for dealing with droughts and extreme weather events;
4. Enabling factors and policy design to promote digitalisation of agriculture;
5. Value of information and tools design strategies;
6. Interaction with digitalisation in the whole agriculture and food chain.
Prof. Dr. Davide Viaggi
Dr. Francesco Galioto
Dr. Meri Raggi
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Zanni
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- Agriculture and food
- Decision Support systems
- Economics of information