16. PB – Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) (Lleida, Spain)

IRTA (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology) is a research institute owned by the Government of Catalonia within the Department of Agriculture. IRTA´s mission is to promote research and technological development in the agri-food sector, facilitating the transfer of scientific advances by coordinating and collaborating between public and private sectors.

The Efficient Use of Water group, led by Dr. Jaume Casadesus and located at the IRTA-Fruitcenter in Lleida, aims to improve efficiency and productivity of irrigation water, with emphasis on spatial-temporal variability in irrigation needs in the form of precision agriculture. Along with this, it promotes the practical application of this knowledge through model simulations and decision making tools. A multi-disciplinary approach is applied with 6 different researchers within the group leading specialized research streams including irrigation management and fertigation, automatic irrigation control using networks of sensors, remote sensing and crop simulation.

Héctor Nieto is a senior researcher at the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) in Lleida, Spain. He is part of the Efficient Water Use programme, which aims to promote the knowledge and technology surrounding the efficient use and productivity of water in agronomic applications. Héctor´s research focuses on the estimation of evapotranspiration using multiangular and multitemporal thermal infrared remote sensing and radiative transfer modeling. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) between 2009 and 2014, followed by another post-doctoral position at CSIC-IAS (Spain) from 2014 to 2016. He is currently involved in several EU and international led projects including SENET (Sentinels for Evapotranspiration), MOIST (Managing and Optimizing Irrigation by Satellite Tools) and GRAPEX (Grape Remote Sensing Atmospheric Profile & Evapotranspiration eXperiment)