The MOSES (Managing crOp water Saving with Enterprise Services) project is financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement No. 642258). The goal is to integrate, adapt and improve existing technologies in a consistent and robust framework able to provide services in most irrigation water management agricultural areas of Europe and the Mediterranean. MOSES would support the management of water in crop irrigation through services provided by enterprises. Since 2015, a well balanced consortium made up of public and private sector professionals has been working on the optimization of MOSES Services, with the perspective of launching them on the market at the end of 2018.
The main aim of the project is to set up and demonstrate on a real scale an information platform for water procurement and management agencies to facilitate the planning of irrigation water resources. Hence, the project addresses the following challenges: making more efficient use of water, improving services to farmers, and reducing costs and energy consumption.
In order to achieve this goal, MOSES has launched an innovative WebGIS platform or Decision Support System that features: Earth Observation data (satellite remote sensing products), deterministic short-term weather forecasts and probabilistic seasonal weather forecasts, and crop models that monitor and estimate irrigation water requirements. For this purpose, MOSES will provide the following overall services:
• Seasonal forecasts of irrigation water requirements, to facilitate planning and allocation of water resources before the start of the irrigation season.
• In-season forecasts and monitoring of irrigation water requirements, for the purpose of updating and adjusting water allocation and management plans in real time and at different management scales (e.g. districts, water user associations, etc.).
Jesús Garrido Rubio. Remote Sensing & GIS Group. Institute for Regional Development.
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Published in: FuturENVIRO #49 Abril 2018