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Soil Hydrology research platform underpinning innovation to manage water scarcity in European and Chinese cropping systems

Objective

SHui is conceived as a network integrating long-term experiments of its 19 academic and SME partners across different environmental conditions and cropping systems in the EU and China. It provides a platform for research on soil-water resources management under water scarce conditions, to better understand the linkages between agricultural soil hydrology and sustainability and for a systematic assessment of adaptation and mitigation methods. It will develop and implement new strategies to increase water use efficiency and yield, based on sustainable intensification through integrated use of soil and water across different spatial scales. At farm level, this includes digital agriculture solutions integrating in situ and remote sensors and simulation models to exploit an improved understanding of the relationship between crop yield variability and soil hydraulic properties, optimizing circular approaches to re-use water and using waste water sources. These technical approaches are reliant on optimum data utilization and transdisciplinary research with multiple stakeholders. At regional scales, the aggregation of biophysical and socioeconomic variables in dynamic models will evaluate the impact of different policy strategies, to support decision makers to evaluate different scenarios of land-use dynamics, economic context and current and future climate in EU and China, including assessments of water and carbon footprint. SHui will exploit scientific, technological and social innovations by disseminating and communicating these to multiple stakeholders, and implementing novel technological packages from farm to large regional scales. It aims to make a significant contribution to the EU and China Research Agenda for Agriculture in providing food security and optimum use of scarce soil and water resources. Training a cohort of early career scientists in soil conservation and water-saving practices, SHui’s legacy will extend beyond the project duration.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste water
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 051 188,75

Participants (18)

THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 325 040
Address
Derech Hamcabim 68
50250 Bet Dagan
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BEIJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Tsinghua East Road 35 Haidian District
100083 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Xinjiekou Wai Street 19
100875 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 489 647,50
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Yuanmingyuan Xilu 2 Haidian District
100193 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHANGJIANG RIVER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Huangpudajie 23
430010 Wuhan
Activity type
Research Organisations
HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Hong Kong
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
224 Waterloo Road Kowloon Tong Kowloon
00 000 Hong Kong
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 489 948,75
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUJIAN AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Shangxiadian Road 15
350002 Fuzhou
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE MEDES
Italy
EU contribution
€ 335 000
Address
Contrada San Licandro 1
84029 Sicignano Degli Alburni
Activity type
Research Organisations
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 490 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Tongwei Road 6, Weigang
210095 Nanjing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORTHWEST A&F UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Taicheng Road 3
712100 Yangling
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TERRA NOVA PERIVALLONTIKI - TECHNIKI - SYMVOYLEYTIKI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EYTHINIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 115 027,50
Address
Kaisareias 39
11527 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TERRAVISION LAB LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 324 976,25
Address
Po Box 225
8499000 Midreshet Ben Gurion
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 389 406,25
Address
Avenida De Medina Azahara 5
14005 Cordoba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 384 258,75
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 490 000
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments