Project: Prise en compte des structures spatiales et connectivités pour la gestion des ressources en eau dans les agrosystèmes méditerranéens

Acronym ALTOS
Duration 01/02/2020 - 31/01/2023
Project Topic The ALTOS project aims to improve water management models for rainfed and irrigated agriculture, by considering the modulation of spatial structures and connectivities induced by hydro-agricultural infrastructures and practices (e.g., modulating regional land use to drive upstream / downstream water repartition). Four study sites are considered for integrated analysis in Morocco, Lebanon and Tunisia; and two study sites are considered for methodological develoSMEnts in Spain and Italy. WP1 deals with monitoring and modelling tools for characterizing spatial structures. It includes the use of innovative sensors for structure observations, and of innovative methods for data processing. WP2 addresses innovative monitoring tools for characterizing processes induced by spatial structures (.e.g, water flows). It includes several protocols relying on complementary measurements. WP3 addresses innovative modelling for simulating individual (e.g., evapotranspiration) and combined (e.g., hydrological cycle) processes. It includes multi-objectives / multi-criteria calibration procedures relying on distributed / nested measurements. WP4 simulates matter fluxes and storages for possible structure modulations, to next conduct an integrated analysis with end-users on the basis of participative seminars. It also cross-analyses irrigated and rainfed agrosystems, by addressing vulnerabilities and adaptation margins. WP5 deals with (1) the sharing of data and methods within the ALTOS consortium, and (2) the results dissemination and exploitation. For this latter item, we rely on long-term collaborations with several stakeholders (farmer associations, resource managers, engineering offices). Expected outcomes are related to SDG #2 (sustainable agriculture), #6 (water supply services), and #12 (responsible consumption and production). ALTOS contributes to PRIMA outcome indicators, including (1) newly modelling routines, (2) new irrigation technologies, and (3) innovative farming system.
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Network PRIMA
Call Section 2 Call 2018 - Multi-topic

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Soil-Agrosystem-Hydrosystem Interactions Study Laboratory Coordinator France
2 Center for Space Studies of the Biosphere Partner France
3 Department of Civil, Environmental and Architecture Engineering, University of Cagliari Partner Italy
4 National Council for Scientific Research - Lebanon Partner Lebanon
5 Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute Partner Lebanon
6 Cadi Ayyad University Partner Morocco
7 Institute of Agricultural Research and Technology Partner Spain
8 Institut National Agronomique de Tunisia Partner Tunisia
9 National Institute for Research in Rural Water and Forest Engineering Partner Tunisia
10 Higher School of Communications of Tunis Partner Tunisia
11 Water Research and Technology Center Partner Tunisia