We offer an advanced expertise on the development of nuclear technologies for non-invasive monitoring of soil water content at field and daily spatio-temporal scale. We offer the possibility to employ customized and remote-controlled gamma-ray stations in agricultural field for a continuous and real-time tracing of the soil moisture as ground truthing for the analysis of satellite images. These services are coupled with:
• development of ICT tools for cloud computing services and communication protocols to store and exchange big data from earth observations;
• realization of prescription maps for farmers with the aim of promoting an efficient use of water in irrigation practices;
• development of Android mobile apps for water balance management and irrigation scheduling.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
The Laboratory for Nuclear Technologies Applied to the Environment of the INFN- Ferrara Section (Ferrara, Italy) has a strong expertise in environmental monitoring, decision support system development, and hardware and software development with particular focus on the remote control of sensors for multiparametric acquisition.
Our research group is currently participating in several research project funded by national and international entities. We are experienced in proposal preparation for PRIMA calls.
Topic 1.1.1-2021 (RIA) Sustainable soil and water management for combating land degradation and desertification and promoting ecosystem restoration.
Topic 1.2.1-2021 (IA) Increasing the environmental and socio-economic performance of small scale farming systems through improvements in organisational aspects and new value chain governance models.
Topic 2.1.1 (RIA) Alleviating Mediterranean water scarcity through adaptive water governance.
Topic 2.2.1 (RIA) Up-scaling field practices based on agroecological practices to increase ecosystem services and biodiversity, to adapt the small farming systems to climate change and to increase farmers incomes
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
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
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