A transversal objective of HubIS consortium is to build recommendations at the regional Mediterranean scale to improve local irrigation performance. Still, as a single Research and Innovation project (spatially and temporally bounded), we face methodological issues to understand the process of spatial diffusion of technological innovation. We propose here to build collectively an original approach to characterize the scaling potential of irrigation innovation. The objective is first to identify pathways on how to widen local developments in space and time, and second to question the development of linkage and spillover effects between local dynamics and regional development processes.

To understand the possibility for geographic expansions of technological innovations it appears important to know the technical characteristics of irrigated systems, like the type of infrastructure and the type of water application device on the plot, to propose adapted sensors. Hence, in parallel of a detailed account of the innovation process in each HubIS site, we initiated an agro-hydrological description of irrigated systems at a Mediterranean scale. The idea is to gather all relevant information and build a geographic information system. We will then try to confront every information in an hybrid methodology, combining up and downscaling and temporal and spatial scales.



Everyone is invited to contribute by sharing its sources of geographic information, about his or her case studies or on a more regional scale.

Note : information harvesting primarily concerns hydrology (watercourses, watersheds, hydrogeology), hydraulic infrastructure (dams, canals, boreholes), water origin (superficial, underground, reuse) and irrigation equipment (gravity, sprinkler or drip). But we also look more broadly at irrigated areas through crops and soil data (topography, characteristics, land use).