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Alfonso Torres-Rua

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Irrigation

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
DialPhone: 435-797-0397
SendEmail: alfonso.torres@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Civil Engineering, (Water Resources), Utah State University, 2011
Bayesian Data-Driven Models for Irrigation Water Management
MS, Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University, 2006
Transition Submergence and Hysteresis Effects in three-foot Cutthroat Flumes
BS, Agricultural Engineering, (Water Resources), La Molina National Agrarian University, 2000
Technical and Economic Assessment of a Drip Irrigation System in the Fund Agrocurumuy, Piura

Expertise

Precision agriculture (evapotranspiration, soil moisture, nutrients). Data mining for spatial estimations and forecasting in water resources, UAV applications and sensor development for agriculture.


Biography

A Peruvian native, he is passionate about practical solutions for agriculture and water management using remote sensing and data mining.


Teaching Interests

Remote Sensing, data mining, water management, agriculture

Research Interests

UAV-Satellite remote sensing integration. Beyond line-of-sight scientific UAVs. High-resolution Evapotranspiration and Biomass monitoring.

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Torres-Rua, A., (2017). Vicarious calibration of sUAS microbolometer temperature imagery for estimation of radiometric land surface temperature. Sensors, 17:7, 1499. doi: 10.3390/s17071499
          • Hassan-Esfahani, L., Torres-Rua, A., Jensen, A., McKee, M., (2017). Spatial Root Zone Soil Water Content Estimation in Agricultural Lands Using Bayesian-Based Artificial Neural Networks and High-Resolution Visual, NIR, and Thermal Imagery. Irrigation and Drainage, 66:2, 273--288. doi: 10.1002/ird.2098
          • Torres-Rua, A., Ticlavilca, A.M, Bachour, R., McKee, M., (2016). Estimation of Surface Soil Moisture in Irrigated Lands by Assimilation of Landsat Vegetation Indices, Surface Energy Balance Products, and Relevance Vector Machines. Water, 8:4, 167.
          • Hassan-Esfahani, L., Torres-Rua, A., McKee, M., (2015). Assessment of optimal irrigation water allocation for pressurized irrigation system using water balance approach, learning machines, and remotely sensed data. Agricultural Water Management, 153, 42--50.
          • Elarab, M., Ticlavilca, A.M, Torres-Rua, A., Maslova, I., McKee, M., (2015). Estimating chlorophyll with thermal and broadband multispectral high resolution imagery from an unmanned aerial system using relevance vector machines for precision agriculture. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 43, 32--42.
          • Hassan-Esfahani, L., Torres-Rua, A., Jensen, A., McKee, M., (2015). High-Resolution Root-Zone Soil Water Content Estimation Using Bayesian-Based Artificial Neural Networks and. Irrigation and Drainage
          • Bachour, R., Walker, W., Torres-Rua, A., McKee, M., (2014). Closure to “Assessment of Reference Evapotranspiration by the Hargreaves Method in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon” by Roula Bachour, Wynn R. Walker, Alfonso F. Torres-Rua, and Mac McKee. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 141:6, 07014054.
          • Bachour, R., Walker, W., Torres-Rua, A., McKee, M., (2013). Assessment of reference evapotranspiration by the Hargreaves method in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 139:11, 933--938.
          • Torres-Rua, A., Ticlavilca, A.M, Walker, W., McKee, M., (2012). Machine learning approaches for error correction of hydraulic simulation models for canal flow schemes. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 138:11, 999--1010.
          • Torres-Rua, A., Walker, W., McKee, M., (2011). Forecasting daily potential evapotranspiration using machine learning and limited climatic data. Agricultural water management, 98:4, 553--562.
          • Torres-Rua, A., Merkley, G.P, (2008). Cutthroat measurement flume calibration for free and submerged flow using a single equation. Journal of irrigation and drainage engineering, 134:4, 521--526.
          • Weber, R., Merkley, G.P, Skogerboe, G., Torres-Rua, A., (2007). Improved calibration of Cutthroat flumes. Irrigation science, 25:4, 361--373.
          • Professional Journal

          • Aboutalebi, M., Torres-Rua, A., McKee, M., Kustas, W., Nieto, H., Coopmans , C., Thomasson, J.A, McKee, M., Moorhead, R.J, (2018). Behavior of vegetation/soil indices in shaded and sunlit pixels and evaluation of different shadow compensation methods using UAV high-resolution imagery over vineyards: Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III. SPIE *
          • Nassar, A., Aboutalebi, M., McKee, M., Torres-Rua, A., Kustas, W., Thomasson, J.A, McKee, M., Moorhead, R.J, (2018). Implications of sensor inconsistencies and remote sensing error in the use of small unmanned aerial systems for generation of information products for agricultural management: Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III. SPIE *
          • Aboutalebi, M., Torres-Rua, A., Allen, L., Thomasson, J.A, McKee, M., Moorhead, R.J, (2018). Multispectral remote sensing for yield estimation using high-resolution imagery from an unmanned aerial vehicle: Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III. SPIE *
          • Torres-Rua, A., Collatz, W., McKee, L., Coopmans, C., Nieto, H., Parry, C., Elarab, M., McKee, M., Kustas, W., Thomasson, J.A, McKee, M., Moorhead, R.J, (2018). Inter-comparison of thermal measurements using ground-based sensors, airborne thermal cameras, and eddy covariance radiometers: Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III. SPIE *
          • Nieto, H., Bellvert, J., Kustas, W., Alfieri, J., Gao, F., Prueger, J., Torres-Rua, A., Hipps, L.E, Elarab, M., Song, L., (2017). Unmanned airborne thermal and mutilspectral imagery for estimating evapotranspiration in irrigated vineyards: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2017.8128252 *
          • Torres-Rua, A., (2017). Use of UAV for support of intensive agricultural management decisions: from science to commercial applications: Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping II. Proceedings of the SPIE, 10218, doi: 10.1117/12.2267725 *
          • Hassan-Esfahani, L., Torres-Rua, A., Ticlavilca, A.M, Jensen, A., McKee, M., (2014). Topsoil moisture estimation for precision agriculture using unmmaned aerial vehicle multispectral imagery: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2014 IEEE International. , 3263--3266. *
          • Al-Arab, M., Torres-Rua, A., Ticlavilca, A., Jensen, A., McKee, M., (2013). Use of high-resolution multispectral imagery from an unmanned aerial vehicle in precision agriculture: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2013 IEEE International. , 2852--2855. *

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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              Publications - Technical Reports

                Research Reports

              • Allen, L., Torres-Rua, A., (2018). Verification of Water Conservation from Deficit Irrigation Pilot Projects in the Upper Colorado River Basin. *

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  CEE, PSC 5003, 6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2018

                  CEE PSC 5003/6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2017


                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Ayman Nassar, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2017 - May 2021
                  Mahyar Aboutalebi, Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 2016 - May 2020