Skip to main content

Sustainable farm Management Aimed at Reducing Threats to SOILs under climate change

Objective

Farming practices that lead to declining returns and inputs of carbon (C) to soils pose a threat to soil functions by reducing availability of organic matter for soil microbes and by affecting soil structure, and soil C stocks that are key to regulating greenhouse gas emissions. SmartSOIL focuses on arable and mixed farming systems in Europe and will develop an innovative approach using the soil C flow and stocks concept to assess the impact of C management on crop productivity, soil organic C (SOC) stocks and other ecosystem services. SmartSOIL will identify and develop options to increase C stocks and optimise C use (flows) whilst maintaining sustainable SOC stocks. The flow and stocks concept will delineate short- versus long-term management effects on vital soil functions through meta-analyses of data from European long-term experiments (LTEs), as well as new measurements within LTEs. The new understanding will be used to improve existing soil and crop simulation models and test the models against independent LTE data. The models will then be used to derive a simplified model to estimate the short- and long-term effects of management on crop productivity and SOC storage. Scenarios of future management systems in Europe for improved productivity and enhanced SOC sequestration will be evaluated under current and future climate. The cost-effectiveness of alternative policy measures and options for managing SOC flows and stocks for improved productivity and SOC storage will be assessed based on the simplified model. SmartSOIL will develop a decision support tool (DST) to enable farmers, advisors and policy makers to discuss and select the most appropriate and cost-effective practices for particular farming systems, soils and climates. SmartSOIL will engage key stakeholders in case study regions and the wider EU in the development of the DST, guidelines and policy recommendations, and will inform the scientific and user community on progress and results.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 648 360
Administrative Contact
Britta Breinbjerg Andersen (Ms.)

Participants (11)

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 369 804,25
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Kidd (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 356 400
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 338 753,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Kuikman (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 170 825
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Bindi (Prof.)
ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 333 190
Address
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
10717 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ljudmila Stamova (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 142 460
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Leon (Mr.)
SRUC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 256 887
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael L Smith (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 234 360
Address
The Park
GL50 2RH Cheltenham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Rayfield (Mr.)
SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 38 560
Address
Ul. Nowoursynowska 166
02 787 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zbigniew Karaczun (Prof.)
LE GROUPE-CONSEIL BAASTEL SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 60 160
Address
Rue Des Colonies 11
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Beucher (Mr.)
AGRARGAZDASAGI KUTATO INTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 39 720
Address
Zsil 3-5
1093 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andras Molnar (Mr.)