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Soil Transformations in European Catchments

Objective

SoilTrEC proposes to develop an integrated model of soil processes that describes key soil functions. These functions are defined in the EC Soil Thematic Strategy as essential ecosystem services for the well-being and economic success of the EU. The key science advances are to develop, from first-principles, computational models that integrate soil erosion, solute transport, carbon dynamics and food web dynamics within an open-source modelling framework. This framework will provide the platform, together with existing GIS capacity, for a prototype simulator at EU-scale to assess soil threats and evaluate approaches to mitigation. This physical-based modelling will be integrated with new advances in decision support developed from life cycle and economic assessment methodologies for natural resources. A key conceptual advance of this project is to quantify soil stocks, their formation, loss and functions within the context of the earth’s Critical Zone. This encompasses the terrestrial environment from the top of the biosphere’s tree canopy to the bedrock delineating the lower bounds of freshwater aquifers. SoilTrEC will link 4 EU field sites that describe key stages within the life cycle of soil formation, its productive use and degradation. Existing data sets will be augmented with targeted process studies in order to provide the data sets to validate the integrated model of soil processes. These process studies will be integrated with results from additional EU, USA and Chinese field sites to compare soil processes and rates as they vary with lithology, climate and land use. These sites and their teams will be integrated through shared results and an international research training programme into a global network of Critical Zone Observatories. This programme of research will engage very actively with stakeholders involved in the practical management of land, and will draw strongly on the advice and guidance of international leaders in soil sustainability.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology/lithology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 785 105,60
Administrative Contact
Tracey Swift (Dr.)

Participants (15)

INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE, AGRO-TECHNOLOGY AND PLANT PROTECTION NIKOLA POUSHKAROV
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 138 319,20
Address
Shosse Bankya Street 7
1080 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Svetla Rousseva (Prof.)
POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 705 418,20
Address
Building E4, Technical University Campus Counoupidiana
731 00 Chania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Nikolaidis (Prof.)
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 794 821,68
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Raaymakers (Ms.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 751 507,80
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Arminda Machado (Dr.)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 330 296,40
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 936 559,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter De Ruiter (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 633 835,80
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Winfried Blum (Prof.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 287 833,57
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brian Reynolds (Prof.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 456 871,44
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Read (Ms.)
CESKA GEOLOGICKA SLUZBA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 405 418,20
Address
Klarov 3/131
11821 Prague 1
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Novak (Dr.)
Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning CAAS
China
EU contribution
€ 148 648
Address
Zhongguancun Nan Da Jie 12
100081 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bin Zhang (Prof.)
The Pennsylvania State University
United States
EU contribution
€ 183 916
Address
Technology Center Bldg. 110
16802 University Park
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tim White (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 251 861,16
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lars Lundin (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 164 160
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
François Chabaux (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joerg Voelkel (Prof.)