Fifth RECARE Newsletter Now Available
The fifth RECARE newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. This edition covers:
Details of new Review Report on EU Policies Towards Soil Protection.
Case Study Focus: Norway and Slovakia - preventing floods and landslides
Soil Threat Feature: Decline of Soil Organic Matter in Peat Soils
RECARE Publications Trees
RECARE at Conferences and Events
RECARE research presented at JRC Soil erosion modelling workhsop
A number of RECARE partners presented at the Soil Erosion Modelling Workshop, run by Joint Research Centre (JRC), in Ispira, Italy between 20th to 22nd March 2017. The aim of the workshop was to discuss how local/regional modeling results can be upscaled (or applied) to the European scale. The workshop also served as a follow-up to recent JRC modelling developments and published maps for soil erosion by water and wind. The workshop focused on how various projects or local/regional modelling applications can improve the “know-how” at European scale, with emphasis given to management practices that can reduce soil erosion.
Jan Jacob Keizer, from the University of Aveiro, Portugal gave a presentation about the effectiveness of mulching with forest logging residues to reduce post-fire erosion: combined evidence from laboratory and field studies drawing on the RECARE case study experiments. Hedwig van Delden, from Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (RIKS), Netherlands presented on Modelling the impacts of European policies on preventing and mitigating soil threats. She discussed the development of the RECARE Integrated Assessment Model which aims to assess the impact of different external factors, policy options and management options on a number of (ecosystem service) indicators relevant to the range of soil threats.
RECARE results on soil compaction presented at stakeholder congress in Denmark
Results obtained in the RECARE Case Study on Soil Compaction were presented at the annual ‘Plantekongressen’ (Crop Congress) on 18th January 2017. The event was attended by ~1900 individuals, comprising farmers, consultants, researchers, students, business people, and public servants. MSc student Hans Christian G. Carstensen presented an inventory of soil compaction risk in Danish agriculture that was undertaken during his employment in RECARE in 2015. The compaction risk was assessed by the decision support system Terranimo®. The results (summary and PowerPoint show) indicated that around 38% of all traffic events monitored gave rise to serious risk of compaction in the subsoil. The most problematic farming operations were slurry application in early spring and small grain harvest by modern-day very heavy combine harvesters.
Mathieu Lamandé had another presentation, highlighting the potentials in use of tracks mounted on slurry wagons to mitigate the compaction risk (summary and PowerPoint show). This presentation was a spin-off from the demonstration part of the RECARE Case Study Soil Compaction stakeholder workshop II.
The RECARE presentations at ‘Plantekongressen’ were attended by around 350 individuals, which reflects an increasing awareness of the compaction challenge as a result of the RECARE project activities.