This project
is financed
by the
EUROPEAN
UNION


 

Implementing partner:

NRD
University of Sassari


 

Training on agrometeorology, Arid Region Institute, October 26th -28th, 2015

Teacher: Andrea Motroni (Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment of SardiniaARPAS Sardinia)

The short course in Agrometeorology was developed in 3 full days of 6 hours each at the IRA headquarters and was attended by 23 people with different skills. Among them: researchers, PhD students, Tunisian Extension Service –CRTA- Agronomists and technicians and IRA technicians.
The training was implemented as follows:

Monday 26th: Lessons and discussions dealt with the difference between weather and climatic information and data, the difficulties of having long and qualitative data series, the importance of weather data in the work of each participant. Some example of how weather and climatic information are treated in Sardinia were presented together with the different users and beneficiaries of raw data and derived indexes and indicators. Several issues arose from the participants, particularly on missing data, possible applications of agrometeorological information, and practical examples of data requirements and elaborations. Spatial interpolation techniques were presented, with a particular evidence of the advantages (and also loss of information) provided in land and territorial planning.

Tuesday 27th: The group was divided into three heterogeneous groups to discuss and analyze the importance of three different meteorological variables: temperature, rainfall and precipitation. A the end of the brainstorming, during a plenary session, a rapporteur of each group presented the results, shared the difficulties in finding the data and discussed the importance of the data in the agrometeorological fields and the practical use of each variable. A final discussion was carried on about the three variables that have been previously analyzed and possible importance and use further investigated.

Wednesday 28th: The importance and the meaning of the evapotranspiration were discussed. Direct techniques of evapotranspiration measures and most used formulas and equations of ET estimation were evaluated by showing the differences, weak and strong points and real and possible applicability. Examples of irrigation requirements and scheduling definition were proposed, referring to Tunisian and Medenine situations. Particular evidence was given to water balance estimate at the catchment scale, useful for irrigation planning at local scale when dealing with different crops during the same seasons.

 

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