We are proposing as project partners to join a project consortium. We are managing a new terrestrial observatory in southern Italy with the goal of monitoring water fluxes across the soil-plant-atmosphere system. The main objectives are:
1- Improving near-real-time monitoring of hydro-meteorological variables and fluxes. The availability of larger datasets will enable hydrological processes to be characterized with a major aim of developing innovative solutions for cost-efficient management of land and water resources. This provides solid grounds for the subsequent modelling objectives of quantitatively assessing fluxes and stores of water, sediment, and nutrients.
2- To complement the hydrological monitoring activities in the representative test sites by tasks that aim at using enhanced analysis and modelling tools of saturated-unsaturated soil-water flow at catchment scale with an integrated view as requested by the European water governance strategy (Water Framework Directive, 2000/60/EC WFD). These tasks will provide end-users with guidelines on gathering data and parameters to cope efficiently with drought spells and fire events, and will improve the management strategies for climate change adaptation.
3- To plan cost-effective dimensions of supply-side infrastructures and demand-side strategies . To do so, the large data set of measurements will be employed in SWAT and HydroGeoSphere models to test water stress under different climatic and environmental conditions across different sites of the Mediterranean Belt.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University Federico II Napoli (Italy)
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth