Hands-on training in weather and soil instrumentation

October 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learning about an infiltrometer in the field

The Iraq Salinity Project (funded by ACIAR, AusAID and the Italian government) organized a training course during September 30th – October 4th in Erbil (Iraq) on the assessment of soil-water balance and salinity. The trainees were 18 technicians from various government agencies across Iraq, and they enjoyed a mix of lectures, field demonstrations and hands-on training on the assembly, calibration and use of equipment such as micro-climate weather station, and infiltrometers to measure the speed at which water passes through the soil. The technicians will now use this equipment for monitoring soil-water and salinity dynamics during the growing season with the objective of understanding how best practice can be adopted by receptive farmers to help manage salinity in the field.

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