Wheat fields are being fertilized with more and more nitrogen and this practice may be directly linked to the increasing prevalence of celiac disease, an autoimmune human condition. Between the 1960s and today, there has been a ten-fold increase in the use of nitrogen fertiliser for wheat crops worldwide, because it improves soil yields.
A courageous scientist, able to change course of things when she was almost finishing her degree in Environmental Sciences, constant in focusing her efforts and time on geographical standardization once she detected she was passionate about it. This temperament characterizes CREAF researcher Alaitz Zabala and, to a large extent, has led her to specialize in advanced research on geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and to teach at the Autonomous University of Barcelona on these disciplines.
The European NewLife4Drylands project aims to apply nature-based solutions (NBS) to restore degraded and desertified lands, using remote sensing data and models. From CREAF we contribute with the experience of two research teams: the Protecsòls group, for the restoration of degraded landscapes, and the Grumets group, for environmental remote sensing.
Agriculture's commitment to biodiversity is the guiding thread of FRAMEwork, an H2020 scientific research project in which CREAF provides specialization in citizen science and data standardization. The aim of the proposal is to innovate in the agricultural sector in Europe.
A group of specialists in remote sensing applications in the water sector and in the fields of research, engineering and political decision making define the necessary services and future missions related to water of Copernicus, the observation program of the land of the European Union and the European Space Agency. This is the main axis of the European Water-ForCE research project. At CREAF, the main researcher involved is Lluís Pesquer, as well as the researchers Ester Prat, Cristina Domingo and Joan Masó, all of them also members of the GRUMETS research group.