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Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

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ourlandandwater.nz
Funder
NZ Government
Collaborators
See https://ourlandandwater.nz/about-us/our-key-collaborators
Duration
8 years 0 months
Start date: 26 Jan 2016
End date: 26 Jan 2024

The National Science Challenges (NSC)

The 11 National Science Challenges focus science investment on issues that matter to all New Zealanders. The National Science Challenges are cross-disciplinary, mission-led programmes designed to tackle New Zealand’s biggest science-based challenges. They require collaboration between researchers from universities and other academic institutions, Crown Research Institutes, businesses and non-government organisations to achieve their objectives.

Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge aims to preserve the most fundamental treasures of our country – our land, water and associated ecosystems – while producing value from those same treasures.

Manaaki Whenua involvement

The Challenge is hosted by AgResearch, and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research contributes to a wide range of projects. This list focuses on the soils-related activities:

  • Whenua Life Values
    Summary: Developing sediment models to enable land managers, water users, communities and iwi to set sediment-related water quality targets.
    Duration:  December 2017 – August 2019
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Shaun Awatere
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  • Mauri Whenua Ora
    Summary: Unlocking the potential of Māori land by advancing new production systems and market opportunities, using a mātauranga-centred framework.
    Duration:  July 2016 – December 2019
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Garth Harmsworth
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  • Cascade of Soil Erosion
    Summary: Developing sediment models to enable land managers, water users, communities and iwi to set sediment-related water quality targets.
    Duration:  January 2017 – December 2018
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Simon Vale
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  • Innovative Agricultural Microbiomes
    Summary:  Understanding and manipulating interactions between soil, plant and animal microbiomes to improve water quality and sustainable pastoral productivity.
    Duration:  July 2017 – April 2020
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Gwen Grelet
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  • Innovative Agricultural Microbiomes
    Summary:  Understanding and manipulating interactions between soil, plant and animal microbiomes to improve water quality and sustainable pastoral productivity.
    Duration:  July 2017 – April 2020
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Gwen Grelet
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  • Benign Denitrification in Groundwaters
    Summary:  Developing a cost-effective technique to assess denitrification processes and end products in shallow groundwaters.
    Duration:  January 2017 – January 2020
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Andrew McMillan
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  • Interoperable Modelling
    Summary:  Designing an open source modelling system to assess productivity potential and water quality contaminant dynamics at farm and catchment scales.
    Duration:  February 2017 – April 2020
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Alex Herzig
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  • Land Use Suitability
    Summary:  Land use suitability tools and assessment processes for increasing land use diversity and delivering better community outcomes.
    Duration:  June 2016 – December 2019
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Paul Mudge
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  • Sources and Flows
    Summary:  Managing contaminant pathways and attenuation to create headroom for productive land use.
    Duration:  October 2016 – December 2019
    Lead MWLR scientist:  Les Basher
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