The group’s activity is mainly focused on studying the relationships between agricultural management practices and global change processes in Mediterranean agroecosystems. This activity is carried out in close collaboration with the “Integrated Systems for Extensive Agricultural Production in Mediterranean Zones” group, of the University of Lleida, which is currently recognized as an Associated Unit to the CSIC through our group.
The main objective of the Soil Management and Global Change group is to determine the impact of agricultural management practices on climate change mitigation and adaptation in Spanish agroecosystems. According to this main objective, the team is involved in several research activities in order to:
- Determine the mitigation potential of different management practices in both rainfed and irrigated agroecosystems.
- Evaluate adaptation strategies to diminish climate change impacts on Mediterranean agroecosystems.
- Establish temporal soil greenhouse gas (GHG) emission trends under different management conditions.
- Identify the main biotic and abiotic factors which control soil GHG emissions and SOC sequestration.
- Calibrate and validate C and N models in our conditions and at different geographical scales.