We are proud of our involvement in the following international projects and partnerships! Below, a brief summary of projects in line with our 4 core themes:
Digging & Design
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Research & Education
Aerial Footage & Mapping
Ecosystem Kickstarter: innovative erosion control
We initiated a feasibility study towards testing and developing the Ecosystem Kickstarter: an innovative, low-tech, and accessible solution for restoring degraded landscapes by erosion prevention. After multiple tests, Ecosystem Kickstarter has become a separate entity and social enterprise under the supervision of the Foundation Ecokick.
Regreening & land restoration Grimaldi property
Intensive UAV and field analysis and mapping of 15 ha of strongly degraded land. The resulting soil, texture, nutrient, slope and aspect maps have been translated into a detailed micro-intervention map to combat future erosion, forming a plan for regreening the area into a lush place.
TSN Groep: visualising a climate-proof and green business park
3D scan of the company workshop and its surroundings, resulting in a neat map showing the design of climate change adaptation measures, and the design and visualisation of a to-be-developed mini forest to improve biodiversity in the city.
Designing vineyard drainage systems using UAV
In our research collaboration with the University of Padova, we combined cutting-edge technologies of remote sensing, photogrammetry, and GIS to address the erosion problem in Italian vineyards. Our aim was to come up with a set of new designs of terrace drainage systems, while evaluating their construction costs and benefits for erosion control. Core tasks were digital terrain modifications, simulating erosion patterns, and statistical quantifications.
Our outcomes are published in the open-access scientific article shown below.
Peek: Making field trips and excursions fun and effective
The Peek app is the app that makes excursions fun and effective again, for both teachers and students. It is focussed on improving reading skills and facilitating active dialogue about landscapes and surroundings. It is the substitute of old-fashioned paper field work or excursion and has been implemented widely at different universities globally. Cambisol has been involved as Teun is the co-founder of the current seperated spin-off Peek.
A Peek demo can be freely obtained at the website.
Baseline UAV survey for afforestation in Spain
Evaluating the impact of terraces by simulating erosion patterns
Our international collaboration with the University of Padova and Wageningen University & Research resulted in new advances in the visualisation of simulated erosion patterns. We studied three Italian terracing types by remote sensing and GIS-based erosion simulations. We focussed on detailed spatial analysis and process visualisation through high-resolution 3D renders, as can be seen in the animated video below.
Scientific outcomes are published in Catena world-leading journal.
in the Caribbean
Facilitating multiple workshops and field visits on the islands of St. Kitts, Nevis and Antigua, defining the current issues related to food safety / sovereignty and climate change. This work was to set a base-line for a larger research project with these partners.
Soilution System: improving sustainability of Soave vineyards
We are involved as spatial data provider and consultant in the Soilution System project, part of a rural development plan in the vineyard cultural landscapes of Soave, Italy. The project aims at developing novel technologies and management practices to reduce soil loss and improve environmental and economic sustainability.
Predicting erosion by UAV and field measurements
We collaborated with the Universities of Padova and Wageningen to understand and even predict erosion on vineyard terraces. UAV surveying and field measurements were used to investigate terrace failure. Our study shows that suitable design is crucial for positive terrace functioning and preventing the degradation of these ancient soil and water conservation structures. More information in our open access scientific publication (visible below).
Mapping orchard soils and yield using UAV
As part of an exploration of the potential causes of yield differences within one orchard, we first created an ultra high resolution elevation model, showing potential differences in micro topography. As a next step, a more extensive field survey will be done, mapping soil texture differences and more
The Network University
Networking activity to map young diaspora from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya active in agriculture, by meeting them (virtually or offline) and defining their expertise and interests in cooperation with The Network University.
On this page, some components of Cambisols vision are briefly explained
Soil is life
Cambisol sees soil as a very important resource. What has been developed over a long time can be destroyed in a few minutes. Unfortunately, we often treat the soil like dirt.
A healthy soil creates spongy conditions to assure a better water management for longer dry periods.
And remember: once soil is lost through erosion, you will not get it back..
Importance of vegetation
We stress the importance of vegetation because of several reasons
The energy of rainfall is reduced as a result of less throughfall
Root system holds soil to prevent soil erosion. Non-vegetated soils are like a skinless body
Leaves provide shade that decrease the radiative forces and lower the temperature below the plant with up to 40%
Better water management
Vegetation can improve the healthiness of the soil causing spongy conditions: better storage for longer periods
Plant growth results in fresh air and CO2 uptake in the plant and soil
How we work:
At Cambisol we focus on various aspects of taking care of soil and vegetation in a better way.
Green, Growth, Energy
Design, Advice, Execution
Running projects are supported with research and aerial footage to create a better overview, develop accurate maps and come to a clear and location specific design and advice for a sustainable land and water management. See the various project focus pages for more information.