Opportunities and requirements for implementing an irrigation monitoring and management platform in Costa Rica

S. de Bruin, J.F. Aguilar Pereira, R. Arce Mesen, E. Soto Quiros

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event20th Conference on Geo-Information Science - Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 9 May 201712 May 2017


Conference20th Conference on Geo-Information Science
Abbreviated titleAGILE 2017
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