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Evaluation of alternative techniques for determination of water budjet components in water-limited, heterogeneous land-use systems (WATERUSE)

Objective

We intend to provide tools for obtaining critical hydiological information on water balance of heterogeneous vegetation in low rainfall regions of Europe. The project aims to
(i) develop high-resolution geophysical and physiological (e.g. sap-flow) techniques for the study of water in soils, roots and trees;
(ii) evaluate methods for studying evapotranspiration at a single tree scale and for scaling up to communities and catchments, including the use of satellite remote-sensing;
(iii) use large-scale multi-user field experiments to compare the techniques
(iv) develop models for integrating these results for hydrological purposes. The 1st phase involves laboratory and field characterisation of novel techniques as well as the theoretical and experimental development of hardware and software. The 2nd phase is the intercomparison of the various techniques, in case studies in Portugal and Italy (emphasis on the scaling up of tree-scale to plots and catchments). The final phase will be the development of integrative models providing, in a user-friendly manner, critical hydrological information for managers and policy-makers.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Address
Tapada De Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Portugal

Participants (8)

CENTRO OPERATIVO E DE TECNOLOGIA DE REGIADO
Portugal
Address
Quinta Da Saude, Apartado 134
7801-901 Beja
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24098 Kiel
GEOHIRES INTERNATIONAL LTD
Germany
Address
Am Kuhm 41
46325 Borken - Weseke
INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO RURAL E HIDRAULICA
Portugal
Address
Av. Afonso Costa 3
1949-002 Lisboa
MENDEL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
Czechia
Address
Zemedelska 3
613 00 Brno
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
Address
Via Università 100
80055 Portici
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Romea 16
35020 Legnaro
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee