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Water, land and crop management at field scale (including SALTMED model)


14-16 September 2020

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UKCEH Wallingford, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB Location map & travel directions


Overseas learners  £499  - you must be a permanent resident outside the UK. Non-UK citizens currently resident in the UK must use the rate for UK residents.

All other learners/UK residents  £749

The cost includes lunch and refreshments, but does not include evening meals nor accommodation.

If you would like a bespoke course organised in the UK or overseas, please contact Dr Ingo Schuder, Business Development Manager (Training).

If you need a formal letter of invitation for Visa purposes, please contact Dr Ingo Schuder, 

Short Course Description:

This course teaches the key concepts relevant to challenges with water management and irrigation and gives the learner the skills to work with the SALTMED mathematical model. This model predicts soil moisture, yield and total dry biomass of crops in salty soils. The model brings together data on water, crop, soil and field management in salinity-prone areas to provide management guidelines for farmers.

Day 1 introduction, presentations on Water, Land and Crop Management, introduction & background to the SALTMED model, live demonstration of model

Day 2 & 3 Practical exercises and work with the SALTMED model based on your needs and interests.

The course covers the following:

  1. Water and solute transport
  2. Nitrogen fertilizers management
  3. Irrigation and Drainage systems and  management
  4. Crop growth and yield
  5. Estimating crop water requirement
  6. Soil moisture, soil nitrogen and salinity status
  7. Impact of climate change on yield and the length of the crop growth season
  8. Crop rotations including non-conventional crops
  9. Approaches to improve water use efficiency and water productivity

The participants will gain modelling and field management skills and knowledge by using data of field experiments and the SALTMED model. This course offers a unique integrated management approach to improve water use efficiency, water productivity and food security.

Course Objectives:

  1. To bring the recent advances in water, soil and crop management to the participant
  2. To demonstrates the benefit of modelling as a tool for management under current and future scenarios
  3. To enable participants to run field-scale models using existing or own data

Hardware and software requirements

UKCEH will provide a desktop with all required software installed for all learners.

You may wish to bring your own laptop, so you can work with the SALTMED model during and after the course. The requirements are as follows:

  • Operating System Windows 7 and upwards
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Licenced versions of MS Excel and MS Access
  • SALTMED model installed 

CEH can help with setting up SALTMED and minor configuration issues, but we cannot spend extended time if your laptop does not meet the requirements as set out above.


Not included. Please see our guide to accommodation near CEH Wallingford.




Intermediate (some data modelling skills an advantage, but not required)

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Course Leader:

Dr Ragab Ragab, Water Resources Management Specialist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Vice President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, ICID.


Target Audience:

Agricultural & horticultural sector; Hydrologists; practitioners, policymakers, business; MSc /PhD/ early career researchers/ academics working on challenges with water management and irrigation.

If you would like a bespoke course organised in the UK or overseas, please contact Dr Ingo Schuder, Business Development Manager (Training)

More detail & background:

More information on SALTMED and SALTMED download (UKCEH Google Drive, very large file 398 MB, no password or Gmail account required).