Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Agro-System Modelling

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Rural Sciences and Food Systems

DESCRIPTION This study-unit includes theoretical and practical tools for studying, analysing and managing agro-ecosystems. Today, agricultural systems are managed through computer models that will assist the producer in achieving a high quality product with the minimal use of resources. The students will be instructed on the use of computer models in particular, CROPSYST, SUCROSE, MACRO, PLANETOR, etc.

Study-unit Aims

This study-unit will:
1) present the basic concepts of system analysis and simulation;
2) enable students to build simple simulation models;
3) present some very widespread models for agricultural system simulation;
4) present some case-studies and solve them by using CROPSYST and other simulation models.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1) define elementary GIS and GPS theories;
2) demonstrate basic GIS analysis and modeling concepts;
3) demonstrate basic ArcGIS applications;
4) express the use of remote sensing;
5) explain EIA terminology;
6) illustrate the role of EIA in planning and rural development.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1) read maps and take precise measurements;
2) use basic survey instruments to create elementary maps and site plans;
3) use GIS software to organize, manipulate, display and store spatial data;
4) evaluate the use of remote sensing techniques for rural landscape applications;
5) process geographic data for GIS mapping;
6) evaluate an Environmental Impact Statement;
7) organize and plan processes and stages in developing an EIA and EIS;
8) analyze and criticise the EIA process.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Abrahamsen, P., and Hansen, S. (2000). Daisy: an open soil-crop-atmosphere system model. Environmental modelling & software, 313-330.
- Danuso F., SEMOLA: Simple Easy Simulation Language. In
- Leffelaar , P. A. (1993). On systems analysis and simulation of ecological processes, with examples in CSMP and FORTRAN. Ed. P.A. Leffelaar,Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.
- Stockle, C. O., Donatelli, M., and Nelson, R. (2003). CropSyst, a cropping system simulation model. European Journal of Agronomy 18, 289-307.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: AGR1300 or equivalent study-unit

Students, who are interested to take this study-unit as optional, are kindly requested to contact the Department of Rural Sciences before registering for this unit.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Alexander Borg
Charles Galdies (Co-ord.)

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