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A conference on the cutting edge of science, management and policy to minimise effects of agriculture and land use changes on the quality of groundwater and surface waters.
4th International Interdisciplinary Conference on
LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY:
Agriculture and the Environment
Aarhus, Denmark, 3-6 June 2019.
Abstract submission will be possible from end June 2018. Abstracts are due by 15 October 2018.
More information is on http://www.luwq2019.dk.
Jointly convened by
• DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, Denmark
• Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
• RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Environmental
Quality, the Netherlands
• Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark
• Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Federal Environment Agency, Germany
Policies to abate deterioration of water quality have been developed and programmes of measures to improve water quality have been implemented. For example, the European Union has adopted directives that should result in a good quality of all waters by 2027 (Nitrates Directive in 1991, Water Framework Directive in 2000). Experiences of the last 15 to 25 years make clear that it will be a great challenge to realise these objectives in the remaining decade. In other parts of the world, e.g. in New Zealand, the government has initiated a national science challenge to improve land and water quality. Recently, China has also implemented a law that should control water pollution, amongst others, by agriculture.
Nevertheless it is has become clear that realisation of the objectives of these policies gets more difficult, not only since the easy, low cost measures already have been implemented, but also because there is a pressure to increase the agricultural production. For example, in Denmark the government has allowed farmers to increase fertilisation since 2016. Is the twin aim of increasing agricultural production and at the same time improving water quality a realistic one? Which measures are cost effective? Should measures be enforced by law or implemented on a voluntary basis? These are some of the issues that are addressed at LuWQ2019.
LuWQ2019 is the follow-up to the successful LuWQ conferences, LuWQ2017 held in The Hague, the Netherlands, in June 2017, LuWQ2015 held in Vienna, Austria, in September 2015 and the LuWQ2013 conference held in The Hague, the Netherlands, in June 2013.
The conference aims to discuss the entire ’policy cycle’ to enable enhancing the quality of the water environment, which includes problem recognition, formulation of technical options, policy formulation, interaction between policy makers and stakeholders (i.e. pressure groups), policy implementation, monitoring and research. The conference also aims to facilitate networking opportunities between scientists of different discipline backgrounds i.e. economic, social and natural sciences, as well as between scientists, water managers and policy makers. In short, the objectives are:
- to provide a forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research to better understand ’systems function’, modelling and uncertainty;
- discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement; and
- to intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.
Conference target groups and keywords
Target groups (professionals, fields of expertise, audience) are scientists, managers and policy makers involved in the policy cycle for water quality improvement.
The conference deals with themes and topics characterised by the following keywords:
- Keywords for fields of expertise and scientific disciplines: agronomy, agro-economics, agro-
sociology, water management, water policy, action plan, river basin management plan, hydrology, soil science, drinking water supply
- Keywords for system description: aquatic ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, unsaturated zone, groundwater, surface waters, monitoring, modelling, chemical water quality, biological water quality, nitrate vulnerable zones, river basins, catchments
- Keywords for best management practices: buffer zones, sedimentation ponds, constructed wetlands, incorporation of fertilisers, catch crops, erosion control, cost effectiveness, voluntary measures, laws and regulations
- Keywords for substances: nutrients, nitrate, phosphorus, pesticides and other organic agrochemicals, heavy metals
Contributions are solicited according to the following themes, themes A through I:
A.. Increasing our understanding of ‘systems function’: research, tools and methodologies to increase understanding and improving modelling of the hydro(geo)logical, geochemical and biochemical processes
B.. Water quality monitoring: improving monitoring, data management and combined monitoring-modelling to support the evaluation of programmes of measures
C.. Impact of climate change on land use and water quality: assessment of impact on groundwater and surface water quality
D.. Assessment of national or regional policy: effectiveness of programmes of measures on water quality on a regional and national scale
E.. Improving water quality by farm management practices: research (monitoring and modelling) at plot, field and catchment scales to quantify the effects of farming practices and changes in land use
F.. Improving water quality by establishing eco-technological mitigation measures: development, testing, implementation and operation at plot, field and catchment scales to quantify the effects of structural measures
G.. Managing protected areas for water supply and nature conservation: risk assessment techniques, monitoring and modelling of water quality and quantity for the protection of (a) water resources for drinking water supply, and (b) groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems
H.. Decision-making on Programmes of Measures: the role of stakeholder input and science in policy decision-making
I.. Implementation of Programmes of Measures: social and economic incentives and regulatory mandates that drive implementation (carrots and sticks)
For TOPICS relevant within these themes we refer to http://www.luwq2019.dk/themes_and_topics.
Special Sessions – in addition to Themes A through I it is also possible to submit abstracts to:
Session S1.. Special session on Land and water management for a sustainable bio-economy
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Marco Acutis, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Marianne Bechmann, NIBIO – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Ås, Norway
Gitte Blicher-Mathiessen, Department of Bioscience - Catchment Science and Environmental Management, Aarhus University, Silkeborg, Denmark
Carl Bolster, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
Hans Peter Broers, TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Serge Brouyère, Urban and Environmental Engineering (UEE), Faculty of Applied Science, Université de Liège, Belgium
Patricia Chambers, Environment Canada, Burlington, Canada
Wibke Christel, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Frank Coale, University of Maryland, College Park MD, USA
Jenny Deakin, EPA Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Chantal Gascuel-Odoux, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Agrocampus Rennes, Rennes, France
Piet Groenendijk, Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen University and Research centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Thomas Harter, University of Davis, Davis, California, USA
Berit Hasler, Department of Environmental Science - Enviromental Social Science, Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark
Claudia Heidecke, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Braunschweig, Germany
Falk Hilliges, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), Federal Environment Agency, Dessau, Germany
Nicholas Howden, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Phil Jordan, Environmental Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Gunnar Lischeid, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg, Germany
Bob Middleton, Natural England, Exeter, United Kingdom
Natalie Phillips, Environment Agency UK, United Kingdom
Miguel Quemada, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain
Pavel Rosendorf, T.G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
Joachim Rozemeijer, Deltares, Soil and Groundwater Quality department, Delft, the Netherlands
Martin Schönhart, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Institute for Sustainable Economic Development, Vienna, Austria
István Sisák, Department of Plant Production and Soil Science, University of Pannonia, Keszthely, Hungary
Maria Stenberg, Swedish Board of Agriculture - Jordbruksverket, Sweden
Roland Stenger, Lincoln Agritech Ltd, Hamilton, New Zealand
Nicolas Surdyk, BRGM, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (French geological survey), France
Ken Taylor, Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand
Lærke Thorling, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Hojbjerg, Denmark
Frank Wendland, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere (IBG-3), Research Institute Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Abstracts are due by 15 October 2018. Abstract submission will be possible from end June 2018.
ORGANISING COMMITTEE – FURTHER INFORMATION:
· Brian Kronvang, chair, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Department of Bioscience - Catchment Science and Environmental Management, Aarhus University, Denmark
· Anja Skjoldborg Hansen
DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, Denmark
· Dico Fraters, email@example.com,
RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Environmental Quality, the Netherlands
· Karel Kovar, firstname.lastname@example.org,
DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, Denmark
Please mark your calendar – LuWQ2019, 3– 6 June 2019, Aarhus – and plan to submit an abstract to the conference.