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Integrated management of small water retention and soil erosion prevention measures in agricultural catchments - CeVoTak

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.03.03  Biotechnical sciences  Plant production  Water, rural space, environment 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Keywords
water retention, soil erosion, small measures, water use efficiency, climate change, economic sustainability, agricultural catchments
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (35)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  22304  PhD Mojca Bavcon Kralj  Chemistry  Researcher  2021 - 2023  206 
2.  50531  PhD Miha Curk  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  62 
3.  11062  PhD Zalika Črepinšek  Physics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  279 
4.  54888  Jure Ferlin    Technical associate  2021 - 2023  10 
5.  14983  Zita Flisar Novak  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2022  54 
6.  28495  PhD Matjaž Glavan  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  307 
7.  19262  Svetlana Gogič Knežić    Technical associate  2020 - 2023 
8.  11790  PhD Tjaša Griessler Bulc  Biology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  520 
9.  52680  Timotej Horvat  Plant production  Researcher  2022 - 2023 
10.  54919  Uroš Ipavec    Technical associate  2021 - 2023 
11.  27679  PhD Darja Istenič  Biology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  262 
12.  14979  Damjan Jerič  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  93 
13.  09593  PhD Lučka Kajfež-Bogataj  Physics  Researcher  2020 - 2021  2,711 
14.  11563  PhD Stanislav Kapun  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  192 
15.  28008  MSc Stanislava Klemenčič-Kosi  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023 
16.  34227  Erika Komel  Plant production  Researcher  2020  57 
17.  24234  Peter Korpar  Plant production  Technical associate  2020 
18.  54804  Katarina Kresnik  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023 
19.  13073  PhD Rok Mihelič  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  494 
20.  39994  Davor Mrzlić  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023 
21.  56506  Matic Noč    Researcher  2023  17 
22.  51866  PhD Urša Pečan  Plant production  Junior researcher  2020 - 2022  45 
23.  21843  PhD Anton Perpar  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  180 
24.  10024  PhD Marina Pintar  Plant production  Head  2020 - 2023  847 
25.  33038  Anka Poženel  Plant production  Researcher  2021 - 2023  77 
26.  50603  PhD Matej Radinja  Hydrology  Researcher  2022  77 
27.  29190  PhD Gašper Rak  Hydrology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  260 
28.  09274  PhD Franc Steinman  Hydrology  Researcher  2022  843 
29.  31633  PhD Mateja Škerjanec  Hydrology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  58 
30.  53476  Urška Šunta  Control and care of the environment  Junior researcher  2021 - 2023  36 
31.  19261  Irena Tič    Technical associate  2020 - 2023  240 
32.  11539  PhD Polonca Trebše  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2021 - 2023  516 
33.  10584  PhD Andrej Udovč  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  568 
34.  08834  PhD Marko Zupan  Plant production  Researcher  2020 - 2023  515 
35.  19259  PhD Vesna Zupanc  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2020 - 2023  368 
Organisations (6)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  67,269 
2.  0148  Institute of Agriculture  Maribor  5129877000  781 
3.  0382  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences  LJUBLJANA  1627155  14,600 
4.  0792  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering  Ljubljana  1626981  25,913 
5.  1360  AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY INSTITUTE OF NOVA GORICA  Nova Gorica  5051754  985 
6.  1394  Kmetijsko gozdarska zbornica Slovenije Kmetijsko gozdarski zavod Murska sobota (Slovene)  Murska Sobota  5129940000  454 
Abstract
Soil and water, fundamental sources for the existence of life, are under intense pressure from intensive use, inappropriate land management and climate change. Small water retention measures protect and strengthen the soil water-retention potential and improve the quality of water resources; enable water retention during wet periods, which is therefore available during drought periods for the maintenance of agro-ecosystems. The main objective of the research is to examine the impacts of climate changes on the economic sustainability of water management in agricultural soils (surplus, shortage) and soil management (erosion) in the selected catchment, using small water retention and soil erosion prevention measures to adapt the agricultural sector to the new climate and environmental conditions. In order to check the effectiveness of agricultural measures in soil water retention, we will prepare field experiments for selected relevant agricultural water retention and soil erosion prevention measures on agricultural land (e.g. buffer strips, minimal tillage, strip cropping along contours, crop rotation, green cover, cover crops, terraces, controlled traffic farming, reduced stocking density, mulching). We will establish various field experiments on agricultural parcels in three topological and pedo-climatic variable river catchments of the Ledava and Pesnica Rivers in Sub-Pannonian and Vipava River in Sub-Mediterranean area. All three river catchments are highly exposed to various weather phenomena (droughts and floods). Experiments will start at the beginning of the first full year after the project start and will last continuously for two years. During this time, we will perform regular field soil measurements and sampling of soil water content in selected experimental plots, at least on a weekly time scale. At the selected plots, soil particles displacement due to erosion (sediment) will be evaluated. For compound-specific stable isotopes, samples of topsoil will be collected from each land use from different parts of the catchment. For individual river catchments where measures will be located, integrated catchment models will be developed using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) tool. With the help of the machine learning tool, we will establish the relationship between the estimated impacts (modelling) and the observed state (experiment, measurement) of the observed agricultural ecosystems in the form of a regression model tree. We will prepare a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the sustainability of the measures under consideration, which will focus on the economic, environmental and social aspects in terms of placement, maintenance and long-term benefits. This will be carried out using the DEXi multi-criteria decision-making process, enabling us to compare with each other monetary and nonmonetary indicators according to their impacts on social and economic sustainability. The project will be organised in 5 interconnected work packages (WP1 – Coordination of the project; WP2 – The effectiveness of agricultural measures; WP3 – Modelling agricultural measures effectiveness; WP4 – Sustainability of the measures; WP5 – Knowledge transfer and dissemination). We will use various methods of field monitoring, laboratory and statistical analysis, and modelling of river catchments. Dissemination and knowledge transfer will take place at the regional, national and international levels. The research team is composed of scientific of the University of Ljubljana from the research field of agricultural land management and agrohydrology, agrarian economics, agrometeorology, health ecology and hydrotechnics. The project team also includes researchers from the field of agronomy of the three Agricultural and Forestry Units from Maribor, Murska Sobota and Nova Gorica.
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