To achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement concluded in 2015, we need to do more than just phasing out fossil fuels.
An important method to reduce CO2 is its fixation in the soil. To study the effectiveness of this, the EU set up the international project LANDMARC, which will examine how we can utilize land-use to combat further global warming. This worldwide project examines, for example, the effects of sustainable coffee, rice and pepper production, agroforestry (with and without combined grazing), cultivation of perennial and annual crops, wet cultivation with high groundwater levels and indigenous forest fire management in the Amazon region.
In order to be able to measure the effects of these different ways of land-use, this project uses a combination of innovative technologies, the so-called Earth Observation tools. Data on issues such as atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, air quality, vegetation, for example, are measured using the latest satellite technology.
Bioclear earth is involved in mapping the effects of the different forms of land use on the microbiology of the soil and the associated effects on, for example, nitrogen and carbon uptake. In order to research these effects, we use another LANDMARC Earth observation tool: Next generation sequencing of DNA. For this project we will coordinate the worldwide sampling for the various case studies and will be responsible for the analysis and interpretation of all soil samples. A huge and interesting job that we are working on with great enthusiasm, because we believe that the key to climate adaptation lies at least partly in the soil.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869367.
Would you like more information about this project, please contact Eline Keuning or Afnan Suleiman.