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Constraints to real-time control of surface irrigation

Sousa, P.L. and Trout, T.J. (1992) Constraints to real-time control of surface irrigation. pp. 67-76. In: 16th European Regional Conference. Proc. Workshop on Real Time Sensing and Control of Automated Irrigation Systems (ICID). Hungary-Budapest, 1992/06/26.

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Practical, automatic real-time control of surface
irrigation faces several difficult constraints. Most surface
irrigation water supplies must be scheduled in advance and use
must be coordinated with other demands. Either the supply
system must he able to adapt to the occasional demand of
automatic systems, or the application systems must communicate
their needs to the supply system with the required lead time.
Surface irrigation performance depends strongly on soil
surface and infiltration characteristics. These parameters
normally vary widely spatially and from irrigation-to-irrigation,
and are difficult to predict. Performance
monitoring and system adjustment is usually required to insure
good performance, especially during early-season irrigations.
Automatic real-time control systems thus must include some type
of performance feed-back control. This paper discusses the
severity of these constraints and possible solutions for the
several types of surface irrigation systems and water supply

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
NWISRL Publication Number: 0786
Subjects: Irrigation > Irrigation control
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:57
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 16:48
Item ID: 1059