Date: 17/10/2017

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: MOVE IN LOUVAIN Incoming Post-Doc Fellowship

Dr Laura Quijano from Erosion and Soil and Water Assessment Group has recently joined the group of Prof. Dr. Kristof Van Oost at the Georges Lemaître Center for Earth and Climate Research - Earth and Life Institute (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) as recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, (MSCA-COFUND) within the "MOVE-IN Louvain" program .

The research project is centered on the interrelation between agriculture, erosion and soil carbon storage and aims to reduce the uncertainties associated with the evaluation of soil-atmosphere carbon fluxes induced by erosion.

To this purpose, studies on multidisciplinary approaches to develop new tools and methodologies that integrate spectroscopy techniques and recent advances in remote sensing and UAVs will be carried out on two climatically contrasting areas in Europe (Mediterranean and Central Europe).
The study of spatial analysis and temporal evolution of soil organic carbon through the use of these tools and under laboratory conditions will be complemented with the implementation and improvement of spatial models for the analysis of the storage and dynamics of organic carbon in agricultural soils.

In line with the objectives of the MOVE-IN Louvain programme and those of the European Research Area (ERA), this project, which has a duration of 24 months, promotes the collaboration between different research fields of science and technology for creating an international network.
The research group Erosion, and Soil and Water Evaluation (EEAD-CSIC) under the supervision of Dra. Ana Navas and the ETH Sustainable Agroecosystem group in Zürich (Switzerland) under the supervision of Dr. Johan Six, participates in this MSCA project.