The Water Framework Directive has set goals for water quality per water body. The first round of river basin management plans indicated that the water quality still needs improvement. Additional measures are needed to reduce the diffuse pollution caused by agriculture. The effectiveness of these measurements is however difficult to access, because it depends on the local geo-hydrological situation, soil quality and nutrient management. NMI and Witteveen+Bos therefore joined their most successful models to select the best practices for further reduction of mineral losses from agriculture.

De combination of the models integrates knowledge of hydrology, soil processes and agricultural actions on a local and regional scale and offers practical recommendations for the management of water and soil. The emission of nutrients into water system can be quantified. It becomes also clear which measures are appropriate and feasible to reduce the adverse impact of agriculture on water quality while maintaining crop productivity. Effects on water quality and soil quality can be visualised.


Product sheet Soil explorer