Laura Morillas-Gonzalez

Project Description

Agricultural Water Innovation in the Tropics, AgWIT
The Agricultural Water Innovations in the Tropics (AgWIT) partnership will test strategies to lower agricultural impacts on water resources while improving the resiliency of tropical agricultural systems to climate change. AgWIT will use a unique network of tropical agricultural water observatories to quantify water footprints and carbon footprints for crops under standard and alternative management practices. AgWIT will test alternative management practices with the goal of increasing agricultural water use efficiency, enhancing soil carbon sequestration, and improving the water quality of tropical agricultural systems. AgWIT will then assess water management decision pathways for rainfed and irrigated crops under current and future climatic conditions. 
AgWIT is funded through the Water JPI 2016 Joint Call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects of the ERA-NET Cofund of the Water Joint Programming Initiative (Water JPI) and the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) of the European Union and partner countries. The project will run May 2017 - April 2020. 

Research Interests

Growing resilience to drought
Ecosystem responses of natural and agricultural systems to drought
Grenhouse gases dynamics

Research Methodology

Eddy Covariance data
Long term data analysis
Ecological monitoring
R programming for data analysis

Faculty

Faculty of Science