Project Activities


FIGARO's overall approach is an industry driven application of oriented research.. The goal is to convert research and development results into industrial products developed with significant input from stakeholders, including calibration, validation and demonstration at multiple end-user sites across Europe. This work plan foresees 10 Work Packages ('WP') structured in three stages and a set of ongoing horizontal activities which accommodates for the interaction among the WPs. Most of the WPs are active only partially throughout the entire project as some of the results obtained by a certain WP may provide the input for the subsequent WP.


WPs are grouped into four blocks as follows:

Stage 1: Analysis of Precision Irrigation and assembly of first FIGARO platform
WP2: Analysis of boundaries of PI and Basic Platform Setup;  Activities will be allocated for 

  • analysis of precision irrigation’s boundaries;
  • analysis of conditions that are vital for its successes.

In parallel to this analysis which will feed into the entire development process, the first version of FIGARO platform will be designed and assembled in preparation for field testing. This version will  be consist of  the integration of an array of existing, specifically selected, state-of-the-art, elements: selected, existing: irrigation systems, models,  devices, devices, remote sensors, ICT etc. (further elaborated within the work packages).

Stage 2: Development 
WP3: Decision Support, Simulation, Optimization Models and Tools
WP4: Irrigation monitoring & control technologies
WP5: Irrigation Strategies customisation and implementation
WP6: FIGARO Platform Integration

This second stage is forincludes  new development and integration of the a new and optimized FIGARO platform prototype. These work packages will feed into the next stage of field  testing/demonstration and continually take the feedback from assessment to further develop, adapt, fine-tune the platform for each of the scenarios in the project. 

The results of field testing/demonstration will be fed back into the WP’s for further development, adaptation, and fine tuning, for each specific  project scenario.

Stage 3: Testing and Validation 
WP8: On-farm Precise Irrigation Platform Testing
WP9: Demonstration

At this third stage the project will achieve field test, calibrate, validate and demonstrate the new platform; it will take place during M7-M48. This timeframe will encompass over three full growing seasons including over 2 seasons (M7-M36) for field testing, validating calibrating, collecting data  for models and 1 full season (M36-M48) for demonstrating and fine tuning the platform in a wide   variety of scenarios for using the FIGARO system,  including 5 major water-demanding crops, in 8  geographical locations encompassing the full range of climate conditions: humid, sub-humid,  semi- arid and arid, as well as a variety of soil conditions, using different irrigation systems with a  strong focus on micro irrigation, the highest technology level in irrigation.  One of the scenarios will demonstrate the inclusion of brackish water irrigating a non-food crop (specifically, cotton grown in Greece irrigated by saline water cleaned by ‘wetlands’). In parallel withDuring the first season of field work, new technologies will be developed, devices upgraded and reconfigured and assessment tools built for the FIGARO system.

Ongoing Horizontal Activities
WP7: Assessment methods and tools
WP10: Training, Dissemination and Exploitation
WP1: Project Management

Horizontal activities will focus on assessment, dissemination & exploitation activities including IPR  protection and ongoing interacting with industrial stakeholders, irrigation associations, farmers  associations and environment networks, the academic community, policy and decision-makers  government and the public. During the final 6 months the final system assessment evaluation will be carried out including technology assessment, economic assessment, energy evaluation and environmental impact including water footprint assessment will be done. Management activities will take place to ensure timely accomplishment of all tasks/deliverables/milestones as well as to coordinate coordination within the consortium, with the advisory Board and Stakeholders.

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