reducing water waste through data-driven irrigation practices


teaching, software, students, water waste, irrigation


Of the most recent technological advancements, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are one example of a more accessible technology revolutionizing agriculture for farming operations of all sizes due to their low cost and perceived ease of use (King, 2017). Walking the field has the advantage that the human scout can touch the plants and even dig in the soil if needed, while using the UAV has the advantage that much more area can be covered in a given amount of time. * The UAV can be used to aid in crop assessment by flying the field at an altitude of 200-400' with the camera aimed straight down at the field to take a series of overlapping images. In multispectral imaging-the process used by our drone to capture images and provide a snapshot of crop health data-the sensor on the camera includes photoreceptors that are sensitive to near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths. Combatting Water Shortages with Data From Drones In order to understand how these technologies are impacting agriculture, it is important to understand one factor that contributes to both crop yield and the bottom line for many farmers- water availability.

Original Publication Citation

Bartholomew, S. R., McGraw, T. E., Fauber, D., Charlesworth, J., & Weitlauf, J. (2019). Teaching Technology & Engineering Concepts through Socially Relevant Contexts: Reducing water waste through data-driven irrigation practices. Technology & Engineering Teacher, 79(4), 21–25.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Technology & Engineering Teacher




Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology



University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor