Start: 1 November 2022
Duration: 24 Months
Aim: Scenario modelling for assessing impacts of policy changes and socio-economic effects on ecosystem services of soils
Keywords: Agro-ecology, climate change mitigation and adaptation, soil ecosystem service indicators, soil functioning, long-term field experiments, statistical analysis, climate scenario modelling, meta-analysis, lighthouse farms, soil-management practices, conservation agriculture, organic farming, soil organic carbon sequestration, soil water storage
Contact: Coordinators: Sonja Keel (
Jens Leifeld (

Agricultural soils provide a wide array of ecosystem services that need to be maintained and enhanced if agriculture is to be made more sustainable and climate-friendly.

Building on carbon sequestration rates provided by the CarboSeq project, we expand the potential for climate-smart soil management through reductions in fertilization rates to decrease N2O emissions and to comply with the Farm to Fork Strategy.

Potential trade-offs on soil carbon storage will be analyzed using a modelling framework that links soil carbon modelling with nitrogen flow and agro-economic modelling.

Our results will identify risks and benefits of reduced fertilization and support the selection of best measures. The modelling framework will serve as a basic structure for scenario modelling in future studies.