Agricultural activities led to considerable nutrient losses to the environment causing pollution. Upcycling organic waste is one of the promising options to produce renewable bio-based fertilizers. However, the environmental impacts thereof are not completely known.
This research aims to assess the effects of bio-based fertilizer use on water and air pollution at sub-basin and European scales, and to explore mitigation options. To this end, an agricultural (MITERRA-Europe) and a water quality (MARINA) model will be linked to quantify the nutrient emissions to air and waters in Europe.
- Developing a new MITERRA-MARINA model system and estimation of current N and P emissions to air and waters in Europe;
- Assessing the effect of global change on future N and P emissions to air and waters in Europe;
- Quantifying the impacts of increased bio-based fertilizer use on future N and P emissions to air and waters in Europe;
- Identifying mitigation options to reduce the environmental impacts of bio-based fertilizers.
- Functioning and validated MITERRA-MARINA model system to estimate the environmental impacts of bio-based fertilizers on air and waters in Europe,
- Scenario development and analysis for future,
- Suggested mitigations to diminish negative environmental effects along the production and consumption chain of bio-based fertilizers.
Prof. dr. Carolien Kroeze (WUR)
dr. Maryna Strokal (WUR)
Prof. dr. Erik Meers (UGhent)
Collaborator: dr.ir. Jan Peter Lesschen (WUR)
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 860127