Concerns about deficient climate resilience of current irrigated agricultural production imply that the efficiency and effectiveness of irrigation systems should be increased. This short paper reports on the development of a web app for reporting failures of an irrigation system as well as web processing services for soil-crop water balance computations in Costa Rica. The effort provided a means for assessing GI educational and infrastructural requirements in Costa Rica. SENARA —the national service for groundwater, irrigation and drainage— aims to incorporate geo-spatial functionalities in a strategically important integrated water resource management system. Technical advancements and available free software solutions greatly facilitated the development of a prototype web app for an irrigation project “Llano Grande” that serves 121 farms. The used system design readily supports upscaling to other projects on a national scale. However, operationalization of an irrigation monitoring and management platform that includes the soil-crop water balance will require substantial progress concerning access to spatial data layers and meteorological data, the quality of spatial data layers and the technical and organizational geo-infrastructure. Furthermore, universities should accommodate programmes for training spatial data scientists and geo-informaticians that are needed to innovate and maintain such infrastructure.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||20th Conference on Geo-Information Science - Wageningen, Netherlands|
Duration: 9 May 2017 → 12 May 2017
|Conference||20th Conference on Geo-Information Science|
|Abbreviated title||AGILE 2017|
|Period||9/05/17 → 12/05/17|