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STIPINST-Stipendiatstillinger i instituttsektoren

Stipendiatstilling 1 NIBIO (2020-2023)

Awarded: NOK 4.1 mill.

Soils provide several ecosystem services such as food production, carbon storage and water filtration. However, soil degradation threatens the delivery of soil ecosystem services worldwide. Soil health implies that the physical, chemical and biological components of the soil are functioning optimally. However, to measure and improve soil health, a system for monitoring is needed where climate, type of land use and the soil is considered. The overall aim is to increase knowledge of soil health assessment in Norway. Moreover, to determine optimal soil health in different pedo-climatic zones and to assess the effect of cropping systems on soil health. A project description has been submitted and approved by Wageningen University & Research. In addition, a plan for completing the PhD with 30 EC has been prepared and approved ? currently one course (Sense A1 course) has been passed. Soil samples were taken from farmer fields in the autumn of 2021. The sampling campaign was an important task for testing soil health indicators. A bachelor student from Wageningen assisted in the work, for which I was also a supervisor afterwards. Soil samples are currently being analysed for selected soil health indicators. The first paper is well underway. The paper is based on an analysis of a soil database. The work will be presented at a conference in May 2022 on Ås (?Soil and water conservation under changing climate in Northern and high-altitude conditions?).

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