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Hot-spots of Phosphorus and Nitrogen delivery in Time and Space in agricultural catchments


Growing food demand exacerbates negative impacts of agriculture on the environment including diffuse nutrient losses from agricultural land to surface and groundwaters causing their eutrophication. The research will evaluate a robust monitoring method of detecting diffuse pollution in space and time in agricultural catchments based on in situ fluorescence sensors. Tangible advantages of the fluorescence sensors: in situ deployment, low cost, real-time measurements, mobility within the catchment, sensitivity and reliability, will be evaluated against potential limitations from quenching effects. This comprehensive evaluation is possible thanks to the host’s unique expertise and role as a coordinator of the Swedish monitoring programme with access to the monitoring catchments, covering a range of agronomic and environmental conditions. Once tested over hot-spots and hot-moments of nutrient delivery, the method could offer an alternative and/or complementary monitoring approach to the existing methodologies of low-frequency and fixed-location nutrient sampling. The tool will improve targeting nutrient sources and mitigation measures to the locations in which they will bring the largest economical, societal and environmental benefits and in turn will help to achieve the aims of the EU Water Framework Directive.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/optical sensors
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 173 857,20