The project CAOS is coordinated by the Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture and aims to generate the knowledge to design climate smart agricultural systems for organic soils adapted to the diverse regional conditions of Europe. We propose that wet organic soils could be used as risk insurance in dry periods on farm or regional level, while water and soil management could prevent yield losses due to trafficability problems in wet conditions. CAOS will provide and distribute evidence that climate smart management improves yield stability and quality as well as resilience to climate change while providing strong GHG mitigation and improved soil and water quality. We expect that the strong potential for adaptation to increased climatic variability on farmed organic soil will facilitate mitigation of the largest GHG source from agriculture in Central and Northern Europe. Study regions represent typical land use systems and unique challenges in six regions in Europe with a large share of organic soils drained for agriculture.
The meeting takes place at Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Bundesallee 50, 3816 Braunschweig.