News ID: 262834
Published: 0241 GMT December 11, 2019

FAO, ULRP hold workshop in Iran on evapotranspiration mapping

FAO, ULRP hold workshop in Iran on evapotranspiration mapping

As part of the “Integrated Program for Sustainable Water Resources Management in the Lake Urmia Basin,” the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Urmia Lake Restoration Program (ULRP) held a four-day workshop for Iranian experts and trained them on advanced methods to map evapotranspiration of agricultural areas, using remote sensing satellite data.

Led by an IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s scientist, Sajid Pareeth, the workshop was hosted by ULRP in Tehran during December 7-10, reported

Underscoring the significance of the workshop for the country, Pareeth said the method presented in the workshop is very effective for Iran; and that the expertise is needed to monitor water use in water-scarce situations that people face all over the world, especially in Iran.

“This method will enable Iranian experts to set up a monitoring system to monitor water use by different land-use types, especially irrigated areas at the basin and national levels,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sara Asadi, a senior researcher in ULRP stressed that “this method is one of the most widely used worldwide with promising results for applications like water accounting”, contributing to capacity building among Iranian institutions.

The outcome of this training “would be very useful for decision making at different scales,” as described by Poolad Karimi, a senior researcher at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

At the farmer’s level, the ability to measure evapotranspiration will let the farmers know “whether the water is enough, are the crops suffering from water stress or not and when is the best time for irrigation,” Karimi said.

He further said, “On a larger scale at basin level, this information can be helpful for the policymakers to track water use and plan interventions. They would know how much water was used in different areas and how water-saving strategies could be implemented to ensure higher water productivity.”

The workshop was attended by 19 national and local experts from different entities including the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Agricultural Jihad, Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization (IRIMO), Remote Sensing Center of Sharif University of Technology, Urmia University, University of Tabriz and Sharif University of Technology.

The training was the first part of three-phased skill-sharing program jointly organized by FAO, ULRP and IHE Delft. It will be followed by further advanced training on seasonal estimation using time-series analysis and remote sensing.

In addition, regarding water accounting and to complete the training held held in 2018, three trainings are planned to conduct in coming months; WaterPix training, WA+ Coding training, and WA Workshop for decision maker.

FAO is working with countries to ensure that water use in agriculture is made more efficient, productive, equitable and environmentally friendly.

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