Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Prof.

Contact First Name: Nicholas

Contact Surname: Holden

Contact Address:

UCD School of Biosystems Engineering Rm 3.18 Agriculture and Food Science Centre University College Dublin Belfield Dublin 4, IRELAND

Telephone Contact Number: +353 1 716 7460

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: Nick.Holden@ucd.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: University College Dublin

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: University College Dublin

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Research interests - Agricultural Systems: dairy, beef, grassland, system modelling, nutrient management, pathogen loss, risk assessment - Soil Science: spectroscopy, soil quality, visual soil assessment, nutrient management - Life Cycle Assessment: dairy, beef, grassland, nutrient recovery, waste, composting, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis. - Bioresource modelling: soil moisture deficit model, dairy_sim model, agrometeorological modelling - Agricultural decision support: nutrient management, soil management. Example projects: Ag systems: - Improving the productivity of heavy wet grassland for delivery of Food Harvest 2020 - Smart Integrated Livestock Farming: integrating user-centric & ICT-based decision support platforms - MicroArrays for the detection of pathogens and their toxins in freshwater (FP7 KBBE, microAqua) - Cryptosporidiosis Network Ireland: Development of Skills and Knowledge to Predict Cryptosporidiosis Risk in Catchment Water (FP6 MC, Cryptonet.ie) Soils: - Impact of artificial sub-surface drainage on pasture production, the length of the grazing season and the profitability of milk production on a heavy wet soil - Assessment of soil carbon security using emerging techniques in hyperspectral imaging, X-ray florescence and pedometrics (FP7 MC, Csecure) LCA: - Increased environmental efficiency of ruminant production systems through the incorporation of a Life Cycle Assessment into a quality assurance scheme - Consequential life cycle analysis of Anaerobic Digestion, Pyrolysis and Composting as treatment options for recycling food and agri-waste back into agricultural production - Life cycle modelling of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint of dairy and beef production systems DSS: - Developing 1:250,000 soil mapping for Ireland with associated Soil Information system - Farm-scale decision support systems: a DSS for sustainable nutrient management

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
LCA life cycle assessment carbon footprint water footprint dairy beef agriculture grassland pathogen sustainability nitrogen phosphorus nutrient model soil structure

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

Soil Science Society of Ireland (Secretary & Treasurer) Agmet, the Joint Working Group on Applied Agricultural Meteorology Irish Committee of UN International Hydrology Programme Irish Committee of UN International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage Irish LCA Interest Group (joint founder)


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

Published the first systems based assessment for agriculture of the impact of, and adaptation to, climate change in Ireland. Published (perhaps?) the first carbon footprints of Irish milk and beef Ongoing research using LCA for agriculture and related subjects Active involvement with CAgM Expert Teams

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

MC member of COST ES1106: Water Foorprinting Ongoing research using LCA for agriculture and related subjects Active involvement with CAgM Expert Teams

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

- MicroArrays for the detection of pathogens and their toxins in freshwater (FP7 KBBE, microAqua) - Cryptosporidiosis Network Ireland: Development of Skills and Knowledge to Predict Cryptosporidiosis Risk in Catchment Water (FP6 MC, Cryptonet.ie)

Other areas of expertise:


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Published the first systems based assessment for agriculture of the impact of, and adaptation to, climate change in Ireland. Published (perhaps?) the first carbon footprints of Irish milk and beef Ongoing research using LCA for agriculture and related subjects Active involvement with CAgM Expert Teams MC member of COST ES1106: Water Foorprinting Ongoing research using LCA for agriculture and related subjects Active involvement with CAgM Expert Teams

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

COST ES1106: Assessment of EUROpean AGRIculture WATer use and trade under climate change COST ES0903: Spectral Sampling Tools for Vegetation Biophysical Parameters and Flux Measurements in Europe COST 869: Mitigation options for nutrient reduction in surface water and groundwaters COST 718: Meteorological Applications for Agriculture


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