Fifth RECARE Newsletter Now Available

Newsletter5 frontThe fifth RECARE newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. This edition covers:

  1. Details of new Review Report on EU Policies Towards Soil Protection.

  2. Case Study Focus: Norway and Slovakia - preventing floods and landslides

  3. Soil Threat Feature: Decline of Soil Organic Matter in Peat Soils

  4. RECARE Publications Trees

  5. RECARE at Conferences and Events

 

RECARE research presented at JRC Soil erosion modelling workhsop

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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.

For more information about the presentations, please contact RECARE partners: Jan Keizer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Hedwig van Delden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For more information about the workshop, please contact RECARE partner: Panos Panagos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Tyre stressRECARE 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.

For more information, please contact Per Schjønning This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  

BBCRadioGloucsSoil threats and RECARE discussed on BBC local radio

A partner in RECARE, Jane Mills, from University of Gloucestershire in UK, was interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the importance of soil and how it is often forgotten and undervalued as a global resource.  The interview was broadcast on 1st January 2017 and can be listened on the BBC website until 31st January. The interview starts at 1 hour 11 minutes into the programme.  World Soil Day was celebrated on 5th December and Jane explained to listeners why soil warrants its own global awareness day and how our soil has been affected by intensive agricultural land management, expansion of cities and road building, climate change and heavy farm machinery. She spoke about how good farming practices can help protect our soil and described how RECARE is looking for practical solutions to these soil threats.

Agromek2016400x300RECARE represented at Agromek 2016 show in Denmark

The RECARE partner AGROINTELLI presented a poster about RECARE and distributed RECARE leaflets to attendees at the Agromek 2016 show in Denmark from 22nd to 24th November.  The Agromek show is Northern Europe's largest agricultural fair with over 40,000 visitors. AGROINTELLI had a stand showcasing their new agricultural machinery products.

For more information, please contact Ole Green This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.