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Andrew Whitmore   Professor  Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Andrew Whitmore published an article in January 2019.
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William Sutherland

443 shared publications

Department of Zoology; University of Cambridge; Cambridge UK

Robert Freckleton

164 shared publications

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK

Tim G. Benton

144 shared publications

School of Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

K.W.T. Goulding

123 shared publications

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ, UK

J. N. Quinton

112 shared publications

Lancaster Environment Centre; Lancaster University; Lancaster LA1 4YQ UK

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Exploring Future Food Provision Scenarios for China Lin Ma, Zhaohai Bai, Wenqi Ma, Mengchu Guo, Rongfeng Jiang, ... Published: 04 January 2019
Environmental Science & Technology, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b04375
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Sustainable development goal 2: Improved targets and indicators for agriculture and food security Juliana Dias Bernardes Gil, Pytrik Reidsma, Ken Giller, Lind... Published: 28 September 2018
AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, doi: 10.1007/s13280-018-1101-4
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The pursuit of global food security and agricultural sustainability, the dual aim of the second sustainable development goal (SDG-2), requires urgent and concerted action from developing and developed countries. This, in turn, depends on clear and universally applicable targets and indicators which are partially lacking. The novel and complex nature of the SDGs poses further challenges to their implementation on the ground, especially in the face of interlinkages across SDG objectives and scales. Here we review the existing SDG-2 indicators, propose improvements to facilitate their operationalization, and illustrate their practical implementation in Nigeria, Brazil and the Netherlands. This exercise provides insights into the concrete actions needed to achieve SDG-2 across contrasting development contexts and highlights the challenges of addressing the links between targets and indicators within and beyond SDG-2. Ultimately, it underscores the need for integrated policies and reveals opportunities to leverage the fulfillment of SDG-2 worldwide.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations The environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming Andrew Balmford, Tatsuya Amano, Harriet Bartlett, Dave Chadw... Published: 14 September 2018
Nature Sustainability, doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0138-5
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Article 1 Read 1 Citation Impact of two centuries of intensive agriculture on soil carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in the UK Shibu E. Muhammed, Kevin Coleman, Lianhai Wu, Victoria A. Be... Published: 01 September 2018
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.378
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This paper describes an agricultural model (Roth-CNP) that estimates carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) pools, pool changes, their balance and the nutrient fluxes exported from arable and grassland systems in the UK during 1800–2010. The Roth-CNP model was developed as part of an Integrated Model (IM) to simulate C, N and P cycling for the whole of UK, by loosely coupling terrestrial, hydrological and hydro-chemical models. The model was calibrated and tested using long term experiment (LTE) data from Broadbalk (1843) and Park Grass (1856) at Rothamsted. We estimated C, N and P balance and their fluxes exported from arable and grassland systems on a 5 km × 5 km grid across the whole of UK by using the area of arable of crops and livestock numbers in each grid and their management. The model estimated crop and grass yields, soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks and nutrient fluxes in the form of NH4-N, NO3-N and PO4-P. The simulated crop yields were compared to that reported by national agricultural statistics for the historical to the current period. Overall, arable land in the UK have lost SOC by −0.18, −0.25 and −0.08 Mg C ha−1 y−1 whereas land under improved grassland SOC stock has increased by 0.20, 0.47 and 0.24 Mg C ha−1 y−1 during 1800–1950, 1950–1970 and 1970–2010 simulated in this study. Simulated N loss (by leaching, runoff, soil erosion and denitrification) increased both under arable (−15, −18 and −53 kg N ha−1 y−1) and grass (−18, −22 and −36 kg N ha−1 y−1) during different time periods. Simulated P surplus increased from 2.6, 10.8 and 18.1 kg P ha−1 y−1 under arable and 2.8, 11.3 and 3.6 kg P ha−1 y−1 under grass lands 1800–1950, 1950–1970 and 1970–2010.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation The landscape model: A model for exploring trade-offs between agricultural production and the environment Kevin Coleman, Shibu E. Muhammed, Alice E. Milne, Lindsay C.... Published: 01 December 2017
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.193
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We describe a model framework that simulates spatial and temporal interactions in agricultural landscapes and that can be used to explore trade-offs between production and environment so helping to determine solutions to the problems of sustainable food production. Here we focus on models of agricultural production, water movement and nutrient flow in a landscape. We validate these models against data from two long-term experiments, (the first a continuous wheat experiment and the other a permanent grass-land experiment) and an experiment where water and nutrient flow are measured from isolated catchments. The model simulated wheat yield (RMSE 20.3-28.6%), grain N (RMSE 21.3-42.5%) and P (RMSE 20.2-29% excluding the nil N plots), and total soil organic carbon particularly well (RMSE3.1-13.8%), the simulations of water flow were also reasonable (RMSE 180.36 and 226.02%). We illustrate the use of our model framework to explore trade-offs between production and nutrient losses.
Article 0 Reads 11 Citations Resilience and food security: rethinking an ecological concept James M. Bullock, Kiran L. Dhanjal-Adams, Alice Milne, Tom H... Published: 19 June 2017
Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12791
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Conference papers
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 4 Reads 0 Citations Nutrient Management in Support of Environmental and Agricultural Sustainability Kevin Coleman, A. Dailey, Margaret Glendining, Keith Gouldin... Published: 03 November 2011
doi: 10.3390/wsf-00612
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Given that we must farm land in order to eat, the total environmental burden imposed by farming a crop such as winter wheat in the UK appears to as close to the minimum as is possible when production is at its most efficient. The value of the services other than food production, such as flood water buffering, pollination, carbon storage and so on, that land can provide is relatively large compared with the value in reducing environmental burdens from pesticide use, nutrient pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by farming less intensively. More land will need to be brought into cultivation in order to provide the same amount of food if the intensity of farming is reduced but the loss of ecosystem services outweighs the reduction in. Nevertheless, losses of nutrients, especially nitrogen (N), from agriculture are a serious concern and the current cost of the environmental footprint of agriculture is significant compared with the value of the food it produces. This article examines nutrient burdens and analyses the means by which the total environmental burden might be reduced relative to productivity. These include increasing the efficiency of farming, removing constraints to yield, and establishing multiple uses for land at the same time as farming. It concludes that agronomic measures which improve nutrient capture and which obtain more yield per unit area are valuable means to avoid degradation of environmental quality because both nutrient pollution and land consumption can be avoided. Means that appear to offer a reduction of 5-10% in each are suggested.