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The Irrigation and Drainage Laboratory is located at the ground floor of the Department of Agricultural Technology central building (Room Ε0.1).
Its mission is to develop irrigation and drainage water management practices and methods that use water efficiently, improve agricultural productivity and sustainability, and reduce negative environmental impacts of irrigated agriculture.

It is active in three domains: research, teaching and services:

Research

  • Analysis and modelling of interactions between plants, soil and atmosphere
  • Irrigation scheduling and forecasting
  • Spatial interpolation methods
  • Data assimilation and parameter estimation
  • Application of advanced mathematical techniques in agricultural water management – Hydroinformatics

Teaching

The Laboratory is responsible for courses in Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Hydraulics, Soil Physics and Geographic Information Systems. Also on the premises of the laboratory take place placement of students through participation in research.

Services

The Laboratory provides advice and services to government authorities and organisations and also participates in national and international projects.

Types of lab tests and field works:

  • Soil water retention curves
  • Bulk density and soil moisture of soil samples
  • Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity through constant head , falling head and Guelph permeameter methods
  • Infiltration measurements
  • Soil moisture measurements and monitoring through time domain reflectometry (TDR) and dielectric-capacitance probes
  • Irrigation systems design using software
  • Irrigation systems auditing

Geographical Information Systems:

  • Data collection with GPS, digitizing
  • Thematic maps production
  • Spatial modelling and analysis