The overall vision of SOILCLIM is to understand consequences of a changing climate on soil life and functions in agricultural soils. The project aims to provide pivotal evidence of how to counteract negative consequences of climate change on agricultural production.
The specific research objectives are:
- To determine the relationships between soil management, biodiversity and ecosystem services under climate change across a range of present climatic conditions from Atlantic and Central to Mediterranean Europe.
- To identify how the relationships between soil management, biodiversity and ecosystem services under climate change depend on organic carbon content of local soils and fertilization strategy.
- To understand mechanisms behind these relationships by identifying key components of soil biodiversity that closely relate to levels of ecosystem processes and services in agricultural soils.
- To develop indicators that act as an early warning system for a reduction in soil ecosystem services under climate change, including threshold values at which multiple ecosystem services may show trade-offs.