The application of the tools developed during this project will provide a water use reduction ranging between 15-20% compared to conventional irrigation management. Moreover, DATI will allow to save water without any decrease in crop yield by increasing the water use efficiency (WUE) through a more precise use of the water amount applied to the crops, at the right location and time
The DATI project will take advantage of innovative low-cost technologies such as Wireless Sensors Networks (WSN) for agrometeorological monitoring, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) coupled with different sensors, free satellite imagery, decision support systems (DSS). The systems will be developed in pilot demo farms located in five representative Mediterranean countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and Morocco.
The technological components will be affordable, flexible and adaptable to be replicated in different locations and applied to different crops and farming systems. More specifically, each TS will be developed as a lean package and will support Mediterranean small-scale farmers to increase the profitability of irrigation and to achieve optimal crop yields, while ensuring water quality and quantity, through the optimization of water use efficiency with a low-cost approach.
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