Italy - Apulian Tavoliere

Operational Implementation Plans

Plans for Next Growing Season:

Given the promising results obtained in AquaCrop model validation, we are going to extend the application of the model to other sites, within the JECAM site, and predict soil water content and durum wheat yield at regional scale. It is also under study developing an approach for data assimilation in order to improve model prediction. Moreover, we realise that to improve LAI predictions, we need to increase the number of ESUs and the one of the replicated measurements (10-12) per each ESU. However, the realization of such plans of measurements, in support to validation activities, depends largely on funds for EO projects.

For the next durum wheat season (2016-2017) we are going to further investigate the capabilities of the Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-1 image data to supply valuable information on LAI, crop height and production. We will continue to jointly analyse crop attributes, yield data and Sentinel-1/2 images with geostatistical data fusion techniques to investigate the feasibility of generating accurate yield forecasts.

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