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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SFS-02a-2014 | Award Amount: 7.97M | Year: 2015

FATIMA addresses effective and efficient monitoring and management of agricultural resources to achieve optimum crop yield and quality in a sustainable environment. It covers both ends of the scale relevant for food production, viz., precision farming and the perspective of a sustainable agriculture in the context of integrated agri-environment management. It aims at developing innovative and new farm capacities that help the intensive farm sector optimize their external input (nutrients, water) management and use, with the vision of bridging sustainable crop production with fair economic competitiveness. Our comprehensive strategy covers five interconnected levels: a modular technology package (based on the integration of Earth observation and wireless sensor networks into a webGIS), a field work package (exploring options of improving soil and input management), a toolset for multi-actor participatory processes, an integrated multi-scale economic analysis framework, and an umbrella policy analysis set based on indicator-, accounting- and footprint approach. FATIMA addresses and works with user communities (farmers, managers, decision makers in the farm and agribusiness sector) at scales ranging from farm, over irrigation scheme or aquifer, to river-basins. It will provide them with maps of fertilizer and water requirements (to feed into precision farming machinery), crop water consumption and a range of further products for sustainable cropping management supported with innovative water-energy footprint frameworks. All information will be integrated in leading-edge participatory spatial online decision-support systems. The innovative FATIMA service concept considers the economic, environmental, technical, social, and political dimensions in an integrated way. FATIMA will be implemented and demonstrated in 8 pilot areas representative of key European intensive crop production systems in Spain, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Turkey.

Rotter P.,Masaryk University | sramek V.,Vyzkumny ustav lesniho hospodarstvi a myslivosti v.v.i. | Vacha R.,Vyzkumny ustav melioraci a ochrany pudy v.v.i. | Boruvka L.,Czech University of Life Sciences | And 4 more authors.
Zpravy Lesnickeho Vyzkumu

Input of risk elements to forest ecosystems as a result of anthropogenic pollution can in uence the health of these ecosystems. In conditions of the Czech Republic the impact of risk elements is mostly combined with impacts of other stressors like acid rain and eutro zation. However, air deposition of risk elements can in uence the withering forest very rapidly. For the assessment of impact of the risk elements pollution to forest ecosystems it is necessary to know the distribution and fate of risk elements in the soil pro le. It is also very important to distinguish between geogenic and anthropogenic fraction of the risk elements in pro le. erefore, the article brie y summarizes information concerning the fate and distribution of risk elements in forest soils. e basic groups of substances that are important for risk elements retention, and their negative e ects in ecosystems are discussed. e most important methods for detection of anthropogenic fraction of risk elements in soil are presented. e overview of the key parameters driving the mobility of risk elements within the soil pro le is given. Finally, selected data concerning the content of risk elements in forest soils, both in European countries and the Czech Republic are presented, as a result of several types of soil surveys. Source

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