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Soil Transformations in European Catchments

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244118

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 160 384,27

  • EU contribution

    € 6 974 572,80

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

Objective

SoilTrEC proposes to develop an integrated model of soil processes that describes key soil functions. These functions are defined in the EC Soil Thematic Strategy as essential ecosystem services for the well-being and economic success of the EU. The key science advances are to develop, from first-principles, computational models that integrate soil erosion, solute transport, carbon dynamics and food web dynamics within an open-source modelling framework. This framework will provide the platform, together with existing GIS capacity, for a prototype simulator at EU-scale to assess soil threats and evaluate approaches to mitigation. This physical-based modelling will be integrated with new advances in decision support developed from life cycle and economic assessment methodologies for natural resources. A key conceptual advance of this project is to quantify soil stocks, their formation, loss and functions within the context of the earth’s Critical Zone. This encompasses the terrestrial environment from the top of the biosphere’s tree canopy to the bedrock delineating the lower bounds of freshwater aquifers. SoilTrEC will link 4 EU field sites that describe key stages within the life cycle of soil formation, its productive use and degradation. Existing data sets will be augmented with targeted process studies in order to provide the data sets to validate the integrated model of soil processes. These process studies will be integrated with results from additional EU, USA and Chinese field sites to compare soil processes and rates as they vary with lithology, climate and land use. These sites and their teams will be integrated through shared results and an international research training programme into a global network of Critical Zone Observatories. This programme of research will engage very actively with stakeholders involved in the practical management of land, and will draw strongly on the advice and guidance of international leaders in soil sustainability.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Address

Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2tn Sheffield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 785 105,60

Administrative Contact

Tracey Swift (Dr.)

Participants (15)

INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE, AGRO-TECHNOLOGY AND PLANT PROTECTION NIKOLA POUSHKAROV

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 138 319,20

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 705 418,20

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 794 821,68

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 751 507,80

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 330 296,40

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 936 559,75

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 633 835,80

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 287 833,57

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 456 871,44

CESKA GEOLOGICKA SLUZBA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 405 418,20

Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning CAAS

China

EU Contribution

€ 148 648

The Pennsylvania State University

United States

EU Contribution

€ 183 916

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 251 861,16

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 164 160

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244118

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 160 384,27

  • EU contribution

    € 6 974 572,80

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom