Land and Water Resources Management: Irrigated Agriculture

Organized by MAI Bari
Mai Coordinators: Nicola LAMADDALENA

Aims

The aim of the Master Programme on "Land and Water Resources Management: Irrigated agriculture" is to improve capacities of high ranking officials and professionals, both agronomists and engineers, in land and water resources management in the Mediterranean region

Objectives

The aim of the Master Programme on "Land and Water Resources Management: Irrigated agriculture" is to improve capacities of high ranking officials and professionals, both agronomists and engineers, in land and water resources management in the Mediterranean region. The main objective of the Master Program in "Land and Water Resources Management: Irrigated agriculture" is to improve scientific knowledge and technological know-how of the candidates in water saving and land conservation issues through the completion of specific research themes and experimental works. The course is structured in such a way as to promote integrated management of land and water resources in Mediterranean agriculture considering agronomic, engineering, environmental and socio-economic aspects on different scales.

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - BARI PROGRAMME

The programme is organized in 8 Units (60 ECTS)

Duration: 8 months (from October 2016 to May 2017)

Unit I

3 – 22 Oct. 2016    INTRODUCTORY COURSES (6 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: written examination

Unit II
24 Oct.- 19 Nov.2016    WATER AND LAND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (8 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: written examination

Unit III
21 Nov – 17 Dec 2016    IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT: SOIL-WATER-PLANT - ATMOSPHERE CONTINUUM (8 ECTS) 
Evaluation procedure: written examination
    
Unit IV
19 Dec 2016 -14 Jan 2017    IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT AT FARM  LEVEL (6 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: written examination and group work.

Unit V
16 Jan- 04 Feb’17    IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT AT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS LEVEL  (6 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Written examination and group work.

Unit VI
Evaluation procedure: written examination and group work.

Unit VII
6 Mar – 1 Apr ‘17    IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT: INSTITUTIONAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS (8 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: written examination and group work.
    
Unit VIII
06 Apr – 13 May ’17    CASE STUDY - IRRIGATION PROJECT DESIGN (8 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: written examination and group work.

16-17 May ’17    FINAL EXAMS
EXAMINATIONS

Participants take a written examination at the end of each Unit. Examinations are in the form of written exams in classroom, including problems, sets of questions, exercises or multiple choice questions.
Participants may retake failed exams once, and up to 8 ECTS credits (for full details, read the academic regulation).
For the elaboration of the irrigation project, the MAI scientific staff evaluates the group guided work as well as the individual contribution of each participant. The project is presented and defended orally during the final exam before the jury.
At the end of the course, participants take a comprehensive oral examination before an international jury.

Language of instruction:  ENGLISH 

ACADEMIC STAFF 

In the “Master of MAIB” programme, instruction is given by MAIB internal staff and by 27 prestigious visiting professors from all over the world, coming from universities, higher institutions, international organizations and research centres.
In the Master of Science programme, student’s research theses are supervised by MAIB researchers or external professors in collaboration with MAIB staff.

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

The research activities of IAMB Dept. on Land and Water Resources Management cover different scales of application (from leaf - plant to watershed and region) and allow for a multilevel approach through the interaction of various aspects (agronomic, engineering and economic) at different levels of investigation: on the one hand, agricultural management practices are scaled up, from leaf to irrigation district level, which leads to the irrigation water demand of an entire district; on the other hand, this demand is translated into water released from the source and down-scaled through water management practices, from the source of water to farms and single plants.

The above activities are carried out both with L&W Dept staff and/or national-international expertise belonging to the L&W networking.

Actually, the research activities of Land and Water Division are going on through the Master of Science Program, PhD works and research projects as well.

Research activities: topics generally available for Master of Science theses

  • Water use efficiency and water productivity
  • Deficit irrigation and supplemental irrigation
  • Crop water requirements and irrigation scheduling
  • Soil-plant-atmosphere relationships and crop growth modelling
  • Saline irrigation practice and management
  • Treated sewage water and its use in agriculture
  • Climate variability and changes and their impacts on agriculture
  • Land evaluation and Agro-ecological characterization
  • Performance assessment of CIS: operational analysis and rehabilitation
  • Management and design of CIS and optimization of on-farm/CIS interaction
  • Water energy consumption: irrigation water supply and pumping station regulation
  • Water resources management: reservoir operation and groundwater exploitation