Hawaii WRRC Researcher awarded usda grant to develop optimal irrigation
management strategies for hawaii, guam, and American Samoa

by Hawaii Water Resources Research Center

A picture of corn growing in a field.

The Hawaii Water Resources Research Center has announced that the Water Resources Research Center's Dr. Sayed Bateni has received a major award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Innovation Grants program.

Dr. Bateni has been a researcher with the Hawaii WRRC since 2014 and focuses on Earth Remote Sensing, Land-Atmosphere Interaction, Data Assimilation: Techniques, Development and Applications, Optimization Techniques and Parameter Estimation in Hydrology, and Application of Artificial Intelligence Methods. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Bateni will be the principal investigator of "Real-time Optimization of Irrigation Scheduling for Farmlands in Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa". The $980,000 grant over three years proposes to demonstrate optimal irrigation management strategies.

A robust approach will be developed to optimize irrigation scheduling in intensive vegetable production systems across diverse climatic zones in the Pacific Islands. The University of Hawaii team will expand on proven technology developed in California and modify it for climates, soil types, and crops in the Pacific Islands. The objectives are to 1) develop a weather-based irrigation scheduling system to improve water use efficiency for selected vegetable crops, 2) design an online tool to enable real-time irrigation scheduling on a field-by-field basis, and 3) implement an outreach program targeting farmers and other agriculture professionals to enhance their awareness to adopt an irrigation management strategy that conserves water resources and enhances farm productivity.

Dr. Bateni's partners include the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources and Water Resources Research Center from the UH campus as well as collaborators from the University of Guam and the American Samoa Community College.

For more information on this project, please visit the Hawaii WRRC website here.

A picture of Hawaii WRRC researcher Sayed Bateni.
Hawaii WRRC Researcher Dr. Sayed Bateni (pictured above) was
awarded a grant from the USDA to demonstrate optimal irrigation
management strategies for Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa.
(Photo credit Hawaii WRRC).