Enhancing Agricultural Resilience and Water Security Using Cosmic-Ray Neutron Technology

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Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

D12014

CRP

2188

Approved Date

1 April 2019

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

13 June 2019

Expected End Date

12 June 2024

Participating Countries

Brazil
China
Denmark
Italy
Mexico
Netherlands
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America

Description

The impacts of drought and flooding due to soil water shortage, soil water saturation or soil structure damage can be detrimental to agricultural production and social and economic impact affecting rural communities. This CRP aims to use innovative in-situ and cost-effective nuclear and related conventional tools for assessing the impact of these emergencies on agricultural production using in-situ and mobile cosmic ray neutron probes, airborne multispectral analysis for soil water and crop water status monitoring, wireless soil water point measurements, and IT tools for online emergency information management. This work can also improve climate change related emergency preparedness in agriculture in Member States.

Objectives

Establishing landscape soil moisture sensing using novel CRNS for improving agricultural water management practices and climate resilience strategies

Specific objectives

Advancing the capabilities of CRNS for Best Management Practices (BMP) in irrigated and rainfed agricultural production systems

Developing the approaches using CRNS and GRS for long-term soil moisture monitoring in agricultural systems and early warning systems for flood and drought management

Integrating CRNS, GRS, remote sensing and hydrological modelling for improving agricultural water management and its resilience at regional scales

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