Porter, Dana individual record
Professor, Extension Program Leader and Associate Department Head
Positions:
overview

The Texas High Plains is the most intensively irrigated region of the state, with a notably high rate of adoption of efficient advanced irrigation technologies, driven by water limited conditions and supported by a well-developed and collaborative infrastructure of applied research, extension/ technology transfer, irrigation industry and progressive producers. High pumping costs, limited and declining well capacities, increasing localized water quality concerns, availability of new tools and technologies, and other technical, economic and regulatory issues present challenges and opportunities in agricultural irrigation and water management.



I work to promote water conservation and efficient water use through maximizing impact of applied research programs and information resources. Objectives of my programs are to 1) promote appropriate application of technologies, irrigation management tools and practices; 2) improve quality and value of agricultural research by improving understanding of irrigation technologies, BMPs and related crop water management concepts; and 3) provide relevant educational resources and opportunities for traditional and emerging audiences.



My background in crop simulation modeling (including soil water dynamics modeling) and utilization of agricultural and industrial waste materials (and effects on soil water dynamics) is useful in my current research programs. I develop/adapt technologies and practices that support water conservation and mitigate impacts of limited (and declining) water quantity and quality to promote sustainability and profitability of water-limited agricultural production. Accomplishments include advanced integrated irrigation scheduling and control technologies; improved irrigation management strategies for crop production under water-limited conditions; and practical evapotranspiration (ET) based irrigation scheduling tools supporting research programs, on-farm irrigation management and water resources management.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles30
  • Chen, Y., Marek, G. W., Marek, T. H., Porter, D. O., Brauer, D. K., & Srinivasan, R. (2021). Modeling climate change impacts on blue, green, and grey water footprints and crop yields in the Texas High Plains, USA. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 310, 108649-108649.
  • Chen, Y., Marek, G. W., Marek, T. H., Porter, D. O., Brauer, D. K., & Srinivasan, R. (2021). Simulating the effects of agricultural production practices on water conservation and crop yields using an improved SWAT model in the Texas High Plains, USA. Agricultural Water Management. 244, 106574-106574.
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  • Taghvaeian, S., Andales, A. A., Allen, L. N., Kisekka, I., O’Shaughnessy, S. A., Porter, D. O., ... Aguilar, J. (2020). Irrigation Scheduling for Agriculture in the United States: The Progress Made and the Path Forward. Transactions of the ASABE. 63(5), 1603-1618.
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  • Porter, D. O., Irmak, S., Lamm, F., Marek, T., & Rein, B. (2020). Challenges and Opportunities for Education in Irrigation Engineering. Transactions of the ASABE. 63(5), 1289-1294.
  • Chen, Y., Marek, G. W., Marek, T. H., Porter, D. O., Moorhead, J. E., Heflin, K. R., Brauer, D. K., & Srinivasan, R. (2020). Watershed scale evaluation of an improved SWAT auto-irrigation function. Environmental Modelling & Software. 131, 104789-104789.
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Conference Papers14
  • Yang, Y., Sun, L., Hu, J., Porter, D., Marek, T., & Hillyer, C. (2017). A Reliable Soil Moisture Sensing Methodology for Agricultural Irrigation. 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications and 2017 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (ISPA/IUCC), 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications and 2017 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (ISPA/IUCC). 1342-1349.
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  • Sun, L., Yang, Y., Hu, J., Porter, D., Marek, T., & Hillyer, C. (2017). Reinforcement Learning Control for Water-Efficient Agricultural Irrigation. 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications and 2017 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (ISPA/IUCC), 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications and 2017 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (ISPA/IUCC). 1334-1341.
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  • Bordovsky, J. P., Mustian, J. T., & Porter, D. O. (2016). Investigating SDI Design, Installation, and Management Practices for Improved Row Crop Production in the Texas South Plains: A 15 Year Review of Research. 2016 ASABE International Meeting, 2016 ASABE International Meeting.
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  • Gowda, P. H., Howell, T. A., Chvez, J. L., Paul, G., Moorhead, J. E., Holman, D., ... Brauer, D. K. (2015). A decade of remote sensing and evapotranspiration research at USDA-ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory. Joint ASABE/IA Irrigation Symposium 2015: Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Irrigation. 98-114.
  • Porter, D. O., Rogers, D., Brauer, D., Marek, T. H., Gowda, P. H., Lamm, F., Bordovsky, J., & Howell, T. A. (2015). Promoting efficient water management through effective outreach education in the High Plains and beyond: Role of the Ogallala Aquifer Program. Joint ASABE/IA Irrigation Symposium 2015: Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Irrigation. 401-411.
Email
d-porter@tamu.edu
First Name
Dana
Last Name
Porter
mailing address
1102 E. Drew St.;
Lubbock, TX 79403
USA