Pilot site visit
Gujarat Farmers forced to innovate to save water
In India’s Gujarat state much of the year’s rain comes in monsoon season - and then rapidly evaporates. Some farmers have begun gathering leftover straw after harvest and piling it in low-lying spots in their fields to absorb and hold excess rain, allowing it to slowly filter into the groundwater. The innovation - which also helps cut down on burning of field stubble, a major source of air pollution in the region - has won World Bank funding for its expansion.
INDIA-H2O FIRST NEWSLETTER
The first India-H2O Newsletter includes some interesting aspect of the project and further evidence of climate change impact on groundwater depletion highlighting the need for new solutions. We also welcome the new recruites to the research project.
Do you know the name of Salicornia, the vegetable which grows in salty water, is different languages? Find out here.
2nd Consortium Meeting
Our second consortium meeting was held in Delft, Netherlands in September 2019. For more information click here
Getting to know our Partners
Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA)
PSA is formally considered by the European Commission as a European Large Scientific Installation and it is also the largest and most complete R+D centre in the World devoted to solar thermal concentrating systems.
PSA’s location has been used for many movies and TV series, from Spaghetti Western Movies, Sergio Leone’s Trilogy to more recently Game of Thrones (Season 6).
John Lennon also wrote the song “Strawberry Fields Forever while filming “How I won the war” in the nearby Tabernas desert.
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
Introducing our India Coordinator, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, located in the Capital City of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, which is considered to be the greenest capital city in Asia with around 50% of its total area covered with greenery.
University of Birmingham.
First up is our EU co-ordinator the University of Birmingham. Did you know that Birmingham has an intricate canal system that dates back to the Industrial Revolution in which they were used to transport coal, iron and other heavy goods. This played a huge role in Birmingham’s development as a city and the 35 mile canal system within Birmingham itself dwarfs the 26 miles of canal that Venice has to offer.
Our Partner, Ben-Gurion University, have been busy with their experiment of Sarcocornia growth. Here are some pictures of their harvest.
One of our Partners, Ben-Gurion University, have been busy setting up their experiment of Sarcocornia growth under nine different fertiliser types and application rates. Here are some pictures of their work so far.