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Operational Group GO Solo - Development of an expedited low-cost soil organic matter evaluation method for sown biodiverse pastures.

Soil organic carbon (SOC) is a key variable for pasture management and in carbon sequestration projects. However, it requires an expedited surveying method capable of cost-effectively covering large areas and assessing spatial heterogeneity for differentiated management recommendations.

Project objectives

The goal of GO SOLO is to an expedited and low-cost method for SOC mapping and assessment of carbon sequestration in sown biodiverse pastures. The method will use visible and near-infrared spectroscopy (VNIR) using field sensors and satellite data.

General Information
Technical Information

Type of project

  • Operational Groups

Project number

  • PDR2020-101-031243

Partners name

  • Terraprima – Serviços Ambientais, Sociedade Unipessoal Lda. (leader)
  • Universidade de Évora
  • Terraprima Sociedade Agrícola Lda
  • Sociedade Agricola Herdade dos Padres, SA
  • ZEA - Sociedade Agrícola Unipessoal, Lda
  • Tapada dos Números, Sociedade Agricola, Lda
  • Pedro Sacadura Teixeira Cabral Duarte da Silveira - Herdade do Azinhal
  • Herdade da Machoqueira dos Grous

  • Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária

  • Confederação dos Agricultores de Portugal

Who will benefit

  • The main beneficiaries will be farmers, but also policy and technical decision-makers

Start date

  • 01-08-2018

End date

  • 31-12-2022

Total eligible cost

  •  335.875,02€

Name and contact

Expected Results
  • High-resolution SOC maps for 7 initial farms during 5 years, including detailed geospatial analysis;
  • Assessment of the effects of pasture management in SOC accumulation;
  • Forecast of carbon sequestration in the initial farms and an extrapolation of the data for potential new pasture areas;
  • Normalized method for VNIR assessment of SOC.
Results so far / First lessons
  • The first activities of GO SOLO will be the division of farms into homogenous plots using soil electrical conductivity and environmental variables.
  • In each plot, SOC will be measured using conventional sampling and laboratorial analysis.
  • These measurements will be used to calibrate the VNIR methods.
  • Farmers will be accompanied by technical advisors to identify management practices in each plot.

Indirect monitoring SOM - preliminary results

Resultados Preliminares Modelação MOS
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