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Finding optimal size and location for wetland restoration sites for best nutrient removal performance using spatial analysis and modelling

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Project "OPTWET" data sheet

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Organization address
address: ULIKOOLI 18
city: TARTU
postcode: 51005

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 Coordinator Country Estonia [EE]
 Project website
 Total cost 240˙507 €
 EC max contribution 240˙507 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2018-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TARTU ULIKOOL EE (TARTU) coordinator 240˙507.00


 Project objective

Diffuse losses of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural areas contribute significantly to eutrophication of waterways, lakes, estuaries and coastal zones and water pollution is a growing and serious problem across much of the world. The role of wetlands in improving surface water quality is well known. The capacity of wetlands to improve water quality is dependent on a large number of parameters that have been widely studied, such as vegetation cover or type, water retention time, climatic variables, and also their size and spatial arrangement in the watershed. However, the question where wetlands should be located in agricultural catchments to achieve the most effective nutrient removal at the catchment level has not been clearly resolved. This project aims to determine the optimal sizing and location for wetlands in agricultural catchments to reduce nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) loads in catchments. The study consist of two parts performed on study areas with different landscape and climatic conditions. Firstly, potentially suitable wetland restoration/creation sites are identified by using high quality data and geospatial analysis techniques. Secondly, evaluation of the effectiveness of wetland nitrogen and phosphorus removal from surface waters at various potential locations indicated by the geospatial analyses under different hydrological regimes and land use scenarios will be done by using modelling with CLUES (Catchment Land Use for Environmental Sustainability model) and SWAT (Soil and Water and Assessment Tool). Important role in the study is also on using and integrating different datasets and modelling approaches.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Ülo Mander, Ain Kull, Evelyn Uuemaa, Kiira Mõisja, Mart Külvik, Tambet Kikas, Janar Raet, Julien Tournebize, Kalev Sepp
Green and brown infrastructures support a landscape-level implementation of ecological engineering
published pages: 23-35, ISSN: 0925-8574, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.05.019
Ecological Engineering 120 2019-06-18
2017 Evelyn Uuemaa
Põllumajandus ohustab Uus-Meremaa loodust/Agriculture is damaging New Zealand\'s nature
published pages: 54-59, ISSN: 2228-3692, DOI:
Eesti Loodus 11 2019-06-18
2018 Alexander Kmoch, Evelyn Uuemaa, Hermann Klug, Stewart Cameron
Enhancing Location-Related Hydrogeological Knowledge
published pages: 132, ISSN: 2220-9964, DOI: 10.3390/ijgi7040132
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 7/4 2019-06-18
2018 Evelyn Uuemaa, Chris Palliser, Andrew Hughes, Chris Tanner
Effectiveness of a Natural Headwater Wetland for Reducing Agricultural Nitrogen Loads
published pages: 287, ISSN: 2073-4441, DOI: 10.3390/w10030287
Water 10/3 2019-06-18
2018 Evelyn Uuemaa, Andrew Hughes, Chris Tanner
Identifying Feasible Locations for Wetland Creation or Restoration in Catchments by Suitability Modelling Using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
published pages: 464, ISSN: 2073-4441, DOI: 10.3390/w10040464
Water 10/4 2019-06-18
2018 Jaan Pärn, Hocine Henine, Kuno Kasak, Karin Kauer, Kristina Sohar, Julien Tournebize, Evelyn Uuemaa, Kristiina Välik, Ülo Mander
Nitrogen and phosphorus discharge from small agricultural catchments predicted from land use and hydroclimate
published pages: 260-268, ISSN: 0264-8377, DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.03.048
Land Use Policy 75 2019-06-18
2016 Kiira Mõisja, Tõnu Oja, Evelyn Uuemaa, Jordan T. Hastings
Completeness and classification correctness of features on topographic maps: An analysis of the estonian basic map
published pages: , ISSN: 1361-1682, DOI: 10.1111/tgis.12257
Transactions in GIS 2019-06-18
2017 Tsipe Aavik, Tiina Talve, Marge Thetloff, Evelyn Uuemaa, Tatjana Oja
Genetic consequences of landscape change for rare endemic plants – A case study of Rhinanthus osiliensis
published pages: 125-135, ISSN: 0006-3207, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.04.016
Biological Conservation 210 2019-06-18
2018 Uuemaa, Evelyn; Oja, Tõnu
Mapping the abstractions of forest landscape patterns
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.580814
Mapping Forest Landscape Patterns 2019-06-18

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