Using Critical Zone Science to Enhance Soil Fertility and Improve Ecosystem services for Peri-Urban Agriculture in China

This project deals with the competing problem of agricultural intensification, resulting from population growth and food demand, whilst maintaining the water quality in surface and sub-surface ecosystem. To this end a quantum increase in the use of organic fertiliser instead of mineral fertiliser is proposed. The movement of nutrients through the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem, increase in soil C storage, reduce in GHG emission and increase soil fertility are simulated at diverse spatiotemporal scale with the help of state-of-the-art numerical model that is validated with observed data. The field site is located in the Zhangxi catchment located in Ningbo city located within Yangtze delta.

Contact: Sumit Sinha, The University of Leeds.