Preparing for the EU Soil Framework Directive by optimal use of Information and Communication technology across Europe

The quality of many European soils is threatened due to traffic with modern agricultural machinery that has been ever increasing in size and mass for decades. An operational tool to identify unsustainable field traffic situations is needed

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  • Département HESB|Haute école des sciences agronomiques,forestières et alimentaires
  • Pôle de recherche Systèmes de production agricole économes en ressources
  • Champ de recherche Production végétale
  • Durée 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2014
  • Responsable du projet Matthias Stettler
  • Direction du projet Matthias Stettler
  • Équipe du projet Matthias Stettler
    Harri Lilja
    Thomas Keller
    Laura Alakukku
    Jørgen Pedersen
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH Aarhus University, Dept. of Agroecology and Environment
    Agroscope ART
    Copenhagen University, Dept. of Geography and Geology
    Inst. for Agri Technology and Food Innovation
    MTT Agrifood Research Finland
    University of Helsinki, Dept. of Agricultural Sciences
  • Partenaires - secteur public Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft BLW
  • Mots-clés soil compaction, decision support system, online mapping, mechanistic models

Contexte initial

The project is part of the ERA-NET "ICT-AGRI". It includes four work packages: i) improvement and combination of state-of-the-art models for the soil compaction process ii) preparation of data on soil properties and meteorological observations for direct access by the models, iii) programming of a web based decision support tool and iv) online display of European-wide maps of the wheel load carrying capacity. HAFL is involved in work packages iii) and ii).


i) an online decision support tool for evaluating an intended field traffic situation, ii) an online tool for creating European-wide maps of the wheel load carrying capacity, which is defined as the maximum wheel load the soil can carry

Compétences clés

Application of Swiss soil protection regulations. Design, programming and evaluation of online tool and its practical usefulness for farmers. Preparation and access of spatial data.


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