CAP is oriented towards sustainable development so we need meaningful indicators for the stability of arable production systems. In the EU, 15 to 50 % of arable land is located on slopes, where yield losses may range from 30 to 90 % due to drought, frost and heat. Climatic variation will increase the instability of such sites. Predictive tools are needed to assess the adaptation capacity of these sites. The proposed work will improve an integrated assessment tool by modelling the impact of the variable physical environment and its effects on crop growth. The digital terrain model outputs (DTM) and soil-crop models (SCM) will be evaluated at different complexity and scales to derive agro-ecological indices. In support of sustainable land use evaluation and strategy, thematic maps and indicators will be generated for actual and future management in hilly landscapes in the EU.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts