Using the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), GECOsistema, is supporting Romagna Land Reclamation and Irrigation Authority to make projections on the future supply of the water available to crops in Italy’s Castiglione district.
Predicting irrigation needs and planning better rotation and spatial distribution of crops can help irrigation managers to mitigate the threats posed by climate change.
The threats posed by Climate Change, the continuously increasing pressure on agri-soils in order to fulfil food demand and the request in terms of environmental sustainability and products quality, requires advanced tools and methodologies for efficiently manage water resources and optimise agricultural and irrigations practices.
Under this view, the increasing availability in terms of Open-Big-Data (Copernicus) and forecasting tools (soil water balance and climate models) for simulating meteorological variables, soil hydrology phenomena and crops phenology represent a possibility in order to save water resources and maximize yield and quality of agri-products
IRRICLIME is an open-source web mapping application to spatially and temporally predict, on a monthly, decadal or daily basis, core water budget variables and other agri-variables (hydro-climatic balance BIC, Soil Water Content SWC, Evapotranspiration ET etc.).
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Aimed at promoting a Climate Smart Agriculture and Climate-proof Irrigation, this service will provide forecasts from seasonal long term to climate change conditions.
Users (Irrigation Boards, farmers) will be guided in designing climate-proof irrigation system and identifying the best mitigations and adaptation options for facing seasonal and climate challenges in agriculture.
The service, developed through effective codesign process with end users, exploits Copernicus C3S ensemble climate change scenario and seasonal forecast data, together with local agri-meto data, irrigation and crop specific informations.
The tool is actually developed under EU H2020 funded project called CLARA (EU FP7 project No 730482) coordinated by CMCC (http://www.clara-project.eu/ ) with the support of Consorzio di Bonifica della Romagna.