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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.
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Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

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Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 051 188,75

Participants (18)

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THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 325 040

BEIJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY

China

BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY

China

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 489 647,50

CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

China

CHANGJIANG RIVER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE

China

HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Hong Kong

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 489 948,75

FUJIAN AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY UNIVERSITY

China

FONDAZIONE PER LO SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE DEL MEDITERRANEO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 335 000

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 490 000

NANJING AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

China

NORTHWEST A&F UNIVERSITY

China

TERRA NOVA PERIVALLONTIKI - TECHNIKI - SYMVOYLEYTIKI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EYTHINIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 115 027,50

TERRAVISION LAB LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 324 976,25

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 389 406,25

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 384 258,75

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 490 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773903

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2018

  • End date

    31 August 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 562 745

  • EU contribution

    € 4 884 493,75

Coordinated by:

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain