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WATER retention and nutrient recycling in soils and streams for improved AGRIcultural production

Project Leader
Langergraber Günter, Project Leader
Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges - Research & Innovation Action (RIA)
Type of Research
Applied Research

Further information:

Nolz Reinhard, Project Staff
Stumpp Christine, Project Staff
Canet Marti Alba, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Water Pollution Control
Institute of Soil Physics and Rural Water Management
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
The WATERAGRI concept aims to introduce a new framework for the use of small water retention approaches for managing excess and shortage of water as well as better recovery of nutrients from agricultural catchments (Fig. 1) applying a multi-actor approach. The objectives are to
(i) evaluate in dialogue with farmers the links between agricultural land and soil-sediment-water management for improved handling of situations with water excess and shortage, maximization of crop production and improving water quality and nutrient uptake by crops (work area (WA) 1 to 4);
(ii) undertake both socio-economic and sustainability analyses of proposed measures (WA 1 and 5);
(iii) develop a cloud-based simulation and data assimilation system based on a physically-based terrestrial systems model, which is able to assimilate in situ and remotely sensed observations of hydrological and plant variables and meteorological data in near-real time, and which gives feedback to control engineering structures such as drains and dams for improved farm-scale water management and retention (WA 2 to 7);
(iv) identify, develop and test affordable and easy-to-implement technical and operational farm solutions such as controlled drainage, regulated deficit irrigation, subsurface irrigation, groundwater recharge, farm constructed wetlands, soil management and nutrient recovery options (WA 3 to 5);
(v) assess the proposed techniques for their potential regarding adaptation to climate change and their impact on ecosystem services for different biogeographic regions using case studies (WA 6); and
(vi) disseminate long-term benefits for the farm, the local community and ecosystem from the implementation of specified sustainable innovations (WA 8)
Water quality; Water resources; Wastewater treatment; Renewable resources; Agroecology;
small catchments; agriculture; water management;

Canet-Marti A, Morales-Santos A, Nolz R, Langergraber G, Stumpp C (2021): Hydrological processes and water flux quantification in agricultural fields under different tillage and irrigation systems using water stable isotopes.
[European Geosciences Union EGU General Assembly 2021, Online, 19.04.2021 - 30.04.2021]

In: EGU, European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2021 FullText

Canet-Martí, A; Morales-Santos, A; Nolz, R; Langergraber, G; Stumpp, C (2021): Water flux and hydrological processes quantification in agricultural fields under different tillage and irrigation systems using water stable isotopes.
[18th Stable Isotope Network Austria SINA Meeting 2021, Tulln an der Donau, Austria, 11.11.2021 - 12.11.2021]

In: R. Hood-Nowotny, A. Watzinger, E. Ziss (Eds.), Proceedings of the 18th Stable Isotope Network Austria Meeting 2021 ; ISBN: 978-3-900932-93-0 FullText

Grüner, S., Canet-Martí, A., Lavrnic, S., Toscano, A., Streck, T., Langergraber, G. (2021): Comparison of simple models for free water surface wetlands.
[9th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control WETPOL 2021, Vienna, Austria, 13.09.2021 - 17.09.2021]

In: Pucher, B.; Germann, V.; Canet-Martí; A.; Prenner, F.; Kearney, K.; Weigelhofer, G.; Hein, T.; Langergraber, G. (Eds.), Book of Abstracts - "9th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control - WETPOL 2021", p.184; ISBN: 978-3-900932-86-2


Nolz, R; Kastelliz, A; Faller, C; Weninger, T; Morales Santos, A; Canet Marti A (2022): Landwirtschaftliches Wassermanagement – Grundlagen und Optimierungsmöglichkeiten.

Bewässerungscluster-Projekt Obersiebenbrunn – Ergebnispräsentation, 24.11.2022, Obersiebenbrunn, AUSTRIA

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