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MOSES Report Summary

Project ID: 642258
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.5.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MOSES (Managing crOp water Saving with Enterprise Services)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The project aims at addressing an integrated and innovative water management solution to the irrigated agriculture users. The project has thematic priorities related to increase the efficiency of the water for agriculture use, resource monitoring, flood, and drought risk management; these priorities are in line with the goal of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) on Water, one of the five partnerships within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. The EIP Water facilitates the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges and, at the same time, the EIP Water supports the creation of market opportunities for these innovations, both inside and outside of Europe.
The objective of Moses is to put in place and demonstrate at the real scale of application an information platform devoted to water procurement and management agencies (e.g. reclamation consortia, irrigation districts, etc.) to facilitate planning of irrigation water resources, with the aim of saving water, improving services to farmers and reducing monetary and energy costs.
To achieve these goals, the project combines in an innovative and integrated platform a wide range of data and technological resources: EO data, probabilistic seasonal forecasting and numerical weather prediction, crop water requirement and irrigation modelling into a GIS Decision Support System. Spatial scales of services range from river basin to sub-district; users access the system depending on their expertise and needs. Main products are:
1. early-season irrigated crop mapping
2. seasonal weather forecasting and downscaling
3. in-season monitoring of evapotranspiration and water availability
4. seasonal and medium/short term irrigation forecasting
The project is active in four different Demonstration Areas (DAs): the first DA is located in Italy, where the project was applied in the first 18 months of activities. The other three DAs are being set up in Spain, Romania and Morocco, in order to have different water procurement and distribution scenarios contributing to a wider service definition.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The description of the work performed from the beginning of the project is described in the following paragraphs, divided into the relevant Work Packages.
Work package 1: Management
The management activities started with an informal pre-Kick Off meeting for the Italian Demonstration Area activities, held on May 5, 2015 in Bologna at CER. The activities officially started with the kick-off meeting on July, 2015, in Rome.
The activities are divided into three tasks:
● Project Management
● Demo coordination
● Scientific Group

The Project Management activities were devoted to the overall management of the project. Due to the complexity of the project, a project management team has been set up.
DA coordination underlies all activities involving DAs, carried out during the whole project duration.
The Scientific Group (SG) was organized to react to emerging needs in response to the analysis of current water management systems, and to provide feedback on progress presentations at project reviews and on project reports.

Work package 2: Moses engineering
The activities devoted to the engineering have been divided into four tasks:
- Requirements definition
- Design
- Service definition
- Life-Cycle Assessment Analysis

Work package 3: MOSES Services and DSS Platform
The MOSES DSS platform has been developed starting from the design document output of the engineering phase.
The activities performed in this work-package are divided into six main tasks, dealing with the development of the single component/processor:
1. Early-season crop mapping;
2. Seasonal Probabilistic Forecasting;
3. Irrigation forecasting;
4. In-season water demand monitoring;
5. In-season crop mapping;
6. DSS Implementation, Platform Integration and Test.

In this first reporting period, two releases of the platform have been developed:
● An alpha release, realized during the first year of the project and used in order to generate MOSES products during the 2016 crop season in the Italian DA.
● A beta release, realized during late 2016 and ready to be exploited on the four DAs during 2017 irrigation season.

Work package 4: First application
The Moses platform has been applied and tested in the operational scenario of the first Demonstration Area, located in the Regione Emilia-Romagna. In particular two irrigation districts of the Consorzio di Bonifica di Romagna (CBR) were involved.
The main activities have been:
● Setup and training;
● Operations;
● Service assessment (which is currently still ongoing).

Work package 5: Scaling-up and replication
The activities for the WP started in December 2016. The Replication is being carried out in the Demonstration Areas of Romania, Spain and Morocco, whereas in the Demonstration Area of Italy the activities regard a pre-operation phase. In December ‘16 the Activity Plan of the DAs has been finalized.

Work package 6: Communication, Dissemination and Impacts
The activities of the WP are divided into four macroareas:
● Communication
● Market and Business Analysis and Impact Analysis
● MOSES Exploitation Platform

The Communication activities started with the beginning of the project, with the issue of the Communication and Dissemination Plan. After a careful work aimed at designing the visual identity of the project (see logo, figure 5), all the vectors (website (http://www.moses-project.eu/), social media as Twitter (https://twitter.com/MOSES_H2020), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mosesproject/?hl=it) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8469752)) of C&D have been activated and periodically updated. Moreover, a selection of events (in collaboration with all the partners) to promote the MOSES project has been carried out.
The project has been presented in technical events, scientific events, meetings involving a broad audience and general public and EU events (EIP water, APRE…). Communication materials (e.g. rollup and flyers) have been produced to enhance and strengthen the MOSES brand, to be ready for the market stage.
The Market and business Analysis and Impact Analysis activities have the goal to assess the potential exploitation of the MOSES DSS and which impact on the market will Moses have, once available. The activities started at the end of the 2016 irrigation season, and will have as first output a draft of two deliverable in March 2017.
The Moses exploitation platform is composed by the ensemble of several processors, each one devoted to the computation of a specific product, and a set of software tools to be used for products publication, exploitation and analysis. Currently the alpha version of the platform (available at https://moses.esriitalia.it/portal) consists of a webgis viewer, where maps and products developed during the project are available, and the processors.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

For its intrinsic nature, the project follows the seasonality of the irrigation. Starting from the beginning of the project to the irrigated season ‘16, the activities of the project were devoted to the design and development to the Moses platform. The platform has been applied to the Italian DA for the first time in summer ‘16, while the results are currently under evaluation in these weeks by the team, with the activities of Market and Business Analysis and Impact Analysis. The first and preliminary output will be available during the months of March/April '17.

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