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Remote Sensing Applications for Planning Irrigation Management. The Use of SEBAL Methodology for Estimating Crop Evapotranspiration in Cyprus

George Papadavid
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  • Agricultural Research Institute of Cyprus
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/ Skevi Perdikou
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  • Cyprus University of Technology
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/ Michalakis Hadjimitsis
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/ Diofantos Hadjimitsis
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  • Cyprus University of Technology
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Published Online: 2012-12-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10145-012-0012-z


Water allocation to crops has always been of great importance in the agricultural process. In this context, and under the current conditions, where Cyprus is facing a severe drought the last five years, the purpose of this study is basically to estimate the needed crop water requirements for supporting irrigation management and monitoring irrigation on a systematic basis for Cyprus using remote sensing techniques. The use of satellite images supported by ground measurements has provided quite accurate results. Intended purpose of this paper is to estimate the Evapotranspiration (ET) of specific crops which is the basis for irrigation scheduling and establish a procedure for monitoring and managing irrigation water over Cyprus, using remotely sensed data from Landsat TM/ ETM+ and a sound methodology used worldwide, the Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land (SEBAL).

Keywords: evapotranspiration; SEBAL; algorithms; irrigation management

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About the article

George Papadavid

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, ESA and the OECD. Recently, he has been granted co-funding from EU and Cyprus government for his PhD for a project regarding irrigation demand management. Dr Papadavid is a member of the Cyprus Agriculturist Union and a member of ETAGRO in Greece. He is also the Cyprus representative for OECD. Address: 7 Dionysou str, 8041, Paphos Cyprus Phone: 0035799329351, Fax: 0035726306549

Skevi Perdikou

Dr Skevi Perdikou gained a PhD in 2003 entitled ‘The application of remote sensing for irrigation and water resources management in the Aral Sea basin’, from the University of Southampton, UK. In 1999 she gained an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and in 1998 BEng Civil Engineering, both from City University, London.Since 2008, Dr Perdikou has been a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Frederick University, Cyprus. Previously she worked as a Civil Engineer in Cyprus and UK. Her main research interests include satellite remote sensing for land use classification, atmospheric interactions, crop phenology and air pollution monitoring. Dr Perdikou is a member of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, UK. She is an advisor to the Minister of Communications and Works for space related issues and a representative of Cyprus on the European Space Agency Council. Address: Frederick University, Nicosia, Cyprus

Michalakis Hadjimitsis

ichalakis G. Hadjimitsis has obtained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University in UK (1993-1995) and a Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Higher Technical Institute in Nicosia-Cyprus (1988-1991). His major field of study is telecoms, telephony, agricultural equipment/ machninery dealers and remote sensing consultancy.Mr Hadjimitsis is a Director of M. Hadjimitsis Trading & Engineering Ltd (1996- to-date) as well Manager of the family company Glafkos D. Hadjimitsis Importers-Exporters- Machninery which has been established since 1945 in Paphos, Cyprus. He participated in several regional and EC funded research projects in the areas of engineering, earth observarion, smart management, 3G telephony, telecoms and agriculture. He attended several seminars and workshops in the area of remote sensing. He has several publications in international and national conferences as well several technical reports (more than 100). Mr Hadjimitsis is a member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber of Engineers since 1996, member of the Paphos Chamber of Commerce and vice president of the Pancyprian Small enterprises (PASIME). Address: 16 Costa Georgiou Street, P.O.BOX 60055, PAPHOS, CYPRUS

Diofantos Hadjimitsis

Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics. Diofantos was the first appointed staff of the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics. Diofantos was responsible for developing the undergraduate syllabi for both Civil Eng. and Geomatics courses as well for the development of the existing laboratories. He is also the Head of the Remote Sensing Lab. He has more than 200 publications in journals, conference proceedings and chapters in books in the field of satellite remote sensing and GIS for environmental surveillance /environmental monitoring, geomatics and civil engineering. His research group consisted of more than 16 researchers and is the biggest group at the University. Since his appointment at the Cyprus University of Technology (2007), he participated in more than 24 research projects with funding sources from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, FP6, FP7, Eureka, Life +, MED, EC regional funds, national funds. Diofantos has been a coordinator of more than 12 research projects. Diofantos is a civil engineer and accredited valuator by profession and member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ΕΤΕΚ) in both professional areas. He is the President of the Cyprus Association of Civil Engineers (Paphos Branch) since 2003. He is the member of the National Experts appointed by the Cyprus Government for investigating the potential of Cyprus to join the European Space Agency (ESA). His Remote Sensing Lab is member of the AERONET Network (NASA) and EARLINET - A European Aerosol Research Lidar Network.He is the member of the editorial team of the Central European Journal of Geosciences. Address: 12 Archibishop Kyprianos, Limassol, Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology

Published Online: 2012-12-14

Published in Print: 2012-09-01

Citation Information: Scientific Journal of Riga Technical University. Environmental and Climate Technologies, ISSN (Online) 2255-8845, ISSN (Print) 1691-5208, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10145-012-0012-z. Export Citation

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