4 EU and 3 WB partners will provide strategies for managing water resources for WB by combining modern technologies from a river basin through to single plant, taking account of environmental, socio-economic and health implications, studying: -river flo w, evaporation, rainfall patterns, runoff, water availability, using geographical information systems to categorise 3 areas, -water quality and nutrient use in relation to eutrophication, microbiological hazards and ecotoxicology on the farm, -micrometeor ological studies to monitor, model and predict water/nutrient use in the field, -irrigation techniques for improving plant/crop WUE, -the commerciality of quinoa, -socio-economic parameters analysing different management strategies and implications for irr igation, reducing crop water demands, and an alternative crop. A Land-Water-Economic Information System will be created and applied to 3 river basins to represent local and regional water sources, sources of contaminated runoff, agricultural water use, a nd likely impacts of farmer uptake of new water use/treatment technology. Modelling results and trials on water/nutrient use with a various crops will be tested on local farms. Workpackages are Water quantity, Water quality, Crop water use, Socio-economi cs and Dissemination. The project will deliver procedures for strategic water management, models of water/nutrient use, irrigation methods, confidence in GIS construction/usage, and outreach of modelling resources for WB.
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