Stewardship Science Technology for Monitoring the Socio-Ecological Outputs of Farming Activities
Zia Mehrabi, Research Associate (PI), Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Weston Foundation, UBC University Sustainability Initiative
About the Project
The Long Term Socio-Ecological Research Station at UBC Farm is spearheading an initiative to generate the decision-support technology that is needed for an environmentally sustainable and food secure future. The station is developing a functional prototype of a software management tool that allows for the monitoring of socio-ecological factors that matter to farming system choices – inputs (e.g. labour, fertilizers, water, energy, fertility), biodiversity (e.g. birds, pollinators, plant life, soil invertebrates), climate impacts (e.g. carbon stocks and fluxes), water pollution (e.g. leaching, run-off), profitability, nutrient supply (calories, micronutrients), and system resilience from both ecological (e.g. yield, pollinator populations) and social networks(e.g, consumer – producer transactions).
This project aims to develop intelligent technology that concurrently tracks the production and environmental outcomes of farm management in a scalable way, generating the information needed by farmers, governments, and consumers to undertake informed decision-making.
External Links and Publications
Tanadini, M. & Mehrabi, Z. (2017). Does no-till agriculture limit crop yields? bioRxiv 179358. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/179358
Ramankutty, N., Mehrabi, Z., Waha, K., Jarvis, L., Kremen, C., Herrero, M., Rieseberg, L.H. (2018). Trends in Global Agricultural Land Use: Implications for Environmental Health and Food Security. Annual Review Plant Biology. (29)69:789-815. doi: 10.1146/annurev-arplant-042817-040256.