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First International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation Management, Technologies and Policies

5 - 7 September 2006
Bologna, Italy


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Organised by:

Wessex Institute of Technology, UK

Sponsored by:

WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment


Lorenzini, G
Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Italy

Brebbia, C A
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK


De Wrachien, D
University of Milan, Italy


Canu, A
CNR - IBIMET, Sassari, Italy

Cheng, A
University of Mississippi, USA

Gomez, M
University of Catalunya, Spain

Guarnieri, A
Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Italy

Hanemann, W M
University of California, USA

Mohtar, R
Purdue University, USA

Oron, G
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Portapila, M
University of Rosario, Argentina

Rodellar, J
University of Catalunya, Spain

Segré, A
Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Italy

Smout, I
Loughborough University, UK

Tarjuelo, J M
University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Vannini, L
Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Italy


Fresh water is becoming an ever increasingly precious commodity, control of which could lead in the near future to the type of political instability now associated with energy shortages.

As the standard of living of a large section of the world population continues to increase, the strategic importance of fresh water resources also rises. It is essential to seek ways of achieving the most effi cient and equitable use of these resources at the same time as making their use sustainable.

Even in those countries where fresh water is currently easily available, our exploitation is leading to damaging long lasting environmental effects, such as lowering of water tables or depletion of river fl ows. Adding to these effects, the problem of contamination effectively reduces the availability of sufficiently clean water.

Water is essential for irrigation purposes, but its indiscriminate use can lead not only to shortages, but also to the deterioration of crop yields and soils. It is
hence vital to ensure that it is applied as effectively as possible in order to reach sustainability.

This conference seeks to address the different aspects of irrigation, including not only the management of water resources and scientifi c and technical aspects, but also matters related to policy and economics.

The conference aims to attract researchers in academia and industry as well as professional practitioners and policy makers to review the state of the art from the scientific, technological, political and economic points of view. Its objective is also to discuss how to reach the sustainable management of irrigation resources in the future by applying modern simulation methods, advanced and new technologies as well as analysing different policies and economic forecasting techniques.

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  • Keep up-to-date on the latest advances in the field.
  • Present your research within a unique forum.
  • Collaborate with experts from around the world.
  • Your conference paper will be reviewed by members of the International Scientific Committee and other colleagues and selected papers will be rapidly processed for publication in book form.
  • Your paper will also be permanently archived in the Transactions of the Wessex Institute on our eLibrary site, where it will be available to the international scientific community.

Papers are invited on the topics outlined and others falling within the scope of the meeting. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible. We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts electronically.

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference. To be fair to all participants, each registered delegate will only be able to submit one paper. The language of the conference will be English.

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CONFERENCE THEMES AND TOPICS: Please note there are four sub-themes


- Irrigation control systems

- Automation solutions

- Data acquisition systems

- Real time information

- Irrigation canal modelling
- Modelling water availability for irrigation
- Irrigation demand modelling
- Regression methods to determine main variables
- Global modelling of water availability
- Quantitative and qualitative water management modelling
- Dynamic simulation
- Statistical methods and time series
- Experimental irrigation

- Soil-water-atmosphere-plant systems
- Water policy strategies and irrigation seminars
- Optimal resource allocation
- Wastewater treatment for irrigation
- Landscape and agricultural irrigation
- Drainage and soil conservation
- Water and soil pollution control
- Contamination indicators in irrigation water
- Legislative contamination indicators
- Reclamation and modernisation of irrigation systems
- History and heritage; learning from the past

- Development and implementation of management programmes
- Irrigation infrastructure
- Design and management of irrigation systems
- Operation and maintenance of irrigation systems
- Laws and legislation regarding water usage
- Water resource demand and supply
- Decision support systems in irrigation
- Social benefits and costs
- Government and users participation
- Environmental impact assessment of management strategies
- Policies, techniques and strategies for managing sustainable irrigation
- Effect of irrigation on yield and quality of crops
- Water use efficiency
- Irrigation water quality
- Strategic planning
- Information planning and management
- Simulation and organisational models
- Water and irrigation economics

Please submit abstracts as soon as possible. The paper deadline will be advised upon acceptance of your abstract by the reviewers.

Papers may still be accepted for oral presentation shortly before the conference takes place. It may not however, always be possible to include late Papers in the Conference Proceedings. Instead, late Papers may be published in a future edition of the Conference Book Series.

For further details please contact the Conference Secretariat.



Papers presented at SUSTAINABLE IRRIGATION 2006 will be published by WIT Press in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN 1743-3541). In addition to being available to delegates at the time of registration, the hardcover volume will be publicised directly to researchers and institutional libraries and distributed widely through the international book trade.

The papers will also be archived online in the Transactions of the Wessex Institute Collection ( The Collection provides the international scientific community with immediate and permanent access to individual papers presented at WIT conferences. WIT Press is committed to offering authors the option to make their work freely accessible to colleagues through their Open-Access service.

Coverage of WIT proceedings appears regularly in notable publications and databases, including Applied Mechanics Reviews (AMR), Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Ei Compendex, INSPEC, Thomson Scientific, Scitech Book News as well as the Directory of Published Proceedings.

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Piazza Maggiore: Photo by Vito Arcomano. Courtesy of Fototeca ENIT

Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna and houses over 400,000 inhabitants. Situated on the South-Eastern side of the Po Valley on the foothills of the Apennines, it is only one hour by train from Florence and two hours by train from Venice. The international airport is approximately 15 minutes from the hotel by car or taxi. Few European cities show such a contrast between picturesque medieval times and busy modern commercial life as vividly as Bologna. Characterised by long porticoes, mediaeval towers, XIII - XVII century palaces, monumental churches and the warm red colour of the brick buildings, this is interspersed with old arcade streets lined with busy shops, modern theatres and office buildings.

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"We hope you have a safe and pleasant journey and look forward to seeing you in Bologna."

Olivia Waters

Conference Secretariat
Wessex Institute of Technology
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