Welcome to curvedflatlands
From December 2016, these web pages will look at issues in food security, environment and sustainable agriculture. There will be little of secondhand opinion. Direct experience will inform the content – measurements, analysis and modelling of agro-ecosystems in Britain, Europe and the tropics.
Most agroecosystems are under threat, subject to too much ‘take’, lack of understanding and poor management. Yet the principles underlying stability and degradation are the same whether moist tropical, semi-arid, cold boreal or temperate. Here, the maritime Atlantic-zone croplands of northern Britain, the subject of much recent study, will provide anchorage, a base from which to understand complex ecological nets and cascades.
At present, ‘posts’ and general content are all accessible from the right hand menu. ‘This site’ gives more on the origins and background. Latest posts and new content are shown below.
- mapping pesticide loading combining IACS and pesticide survey
- greening with decision trees – analysis of CAP Greening report
- regenerative agriculture – short supply chains
- transitions to a legume-based food and agriculture
- Dundee sweltering in tropical heat (inner Great Barrier Reef)
- root art – on an exhibition by Jean Duncan and friends
- final yield estimates – Bronze Age Clava
- mixed cropping in Burma – diversification for multiple outputs and resource-sharing
- why so few estimates of nitrogen fixation? – commentary on a recent paper on nitrogen fixation.
- the contribution of european funding
- web thoughts (the first post on this site)
Presently in Australia, October 2018, looking at cropland, grassland, forests and rivers …. more to follow.
Geoff Squire worked at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee UK (previously the Scottish Crop Research Institute) for a quarter century ending September 2018. He continues as a formal associate of the Institute, maintaining close working links with staff and students.
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The Living Field outreach project www.livingfield.co.uk shares the aims and some of the images of this site.
Agroecology at the James Hutton Institute explains more about the science, funding and people I work with.