Spain - Barrax / Albacete

Site Description

Locations

Spain Barrax / Albacete
Site Extent   Centroid: 39.054, -2.100
Top left: 39.167, -2.244 Bottom Right: 38.942, -1.954

Location:
The study area is located in the experimental farm “Las Tiesas” in Barrax (Albacete, Spain), managed by ITAP (Instituto study area is located Técnico Agronómico Provincial, S.A.). Barrax test site is situated within La Mancha, a plateau 700 m above sea level. The centre of the area of study is located at 39.0544, -2.1007.
 

Topography:
This area is characterized by a flat morphology and large uniform land‐use units, surrounded by large areas of cereals. Differences in elevation range up to 2m.
Soils: Moderately well drained. The soil is classified as Petrocalcic Calcixerepts, with a silty‐clayloam texture (13.4% sand, 48.9% silt, and 37.7% clay)

Drainage class/irrigation:
Irrigation infrastructure: sprinklers and pivots. Soil drainage class: moderately well drained

Crop calendar:
Winter and summer crops
 

Field size:
Between 15 and 100 hectares
 

Climate and weather:
Climatic conditions adjust with typical Mediterranean features: high precipitation in spring and autumn and a minimum in summer. The annual rainfall average is around 400 mm. The region has high thermal oscillations during all seasons. La Mancha represents one of the driest regions of Europe consisting of approximately 65% dry land and 35% irrigated land with different agricultural fields. Figure 1 shows examples of landscapes taken in July, 2016 in the study area.

 


Figure 1. Example of landscapes taken in July, 2016 in Las Tiesas Site (Barrax, Spain)

 

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