The University of Cordoba is a High Education institution established in 1972, ranking number 1 in agricultural research among Spanish universities, a distinction that has been further consolidated with the ceiA3 (Agrifood Campus of International Excellence). The participating group established in 1981 at the Agronomy Department in the University of Cordoba and has been conducting research on water, agriculture and environment. In 1995, the Group joined the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (IAS-CSIC) at Cordoba as their water management and modelling group, with emphasis on combining modelling and experimental approaches. Some of the group members were the key developers of OILCROP-SUN, a crop growth and development simulation model of sunflower. Other members have been in the core group for the development of AquaCrop, the FAO simulation model for water limited crop production. The group has been active also in modelling of tree crops, with emphasis in olive orchards.
Francisco Villalobos, Professor, U. Cordoba. PhD Agricultural Engineering, Univ. Cordoba, Spain (1988). Works in agrometeorology, crop modelling and water management. Has published over 70 papers and book chapters. Author of the sunflower simulation model OILCROP-SUN. Editor of the European Journal of Agronomy since 2003. Role in Modextreme: he leads WP1 and participates to modelling solutions evaluation in WP4.
Luca Testi, Research Scientist Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible-CSIC. PhD. Agricultural Engineering, Univ. Cordoba, Spain (2003). Works in micrometeorology, crop modelling and water management, transpiration and evapotranspiration of crops, particularly trees. Has published over 25 papers and book chapters. Role in Modextreme: Development (WP1) and testing (WP4) of modelling solutions.
Elias Fereres, Professor U. Cordoba. Ph.D., Ecology, Univ. of California, Davis (1976). Works in agricultural water management and conservation. He has coordinated two EC projects, has published over 150 papers and book chapters. Chief Editor, Irrigation Science (Springer, 01-2012). Role in MODEXTREME: Development (WP1) and testing (WP4) of modelling solutions.
Francisco Orgaz, Senior Research Scientist, Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible-CSIC. PhD Agricultural Engineering, Univ. Cordoba, Spain (1988). Works in agronomy crop modelling and water management. Has published over 50 papers and book chapters. Role in MODEXTREME: Development (WP1) and testing (WP4) of modelling solutions.