Research and Education
I believe that scientific research is fundamentally important in the search for long term solutions in soil conservation projects. Cambisol therefore collaborates closely with Universities and shares its knowledge through workshops and trainings to both land users as policy makers or students. Themes for these workshops can be causes and effects of soil erosion as well as actually designing measures to prevent or restore eroded lands. All with the goal to increase the resilience of land users in a changing climate and to realize better ecosystems or higher yields.
Eugenio Straffelini, MSc in Forestry Sciences and Land Protection from the University of Padova (Italy), completed a postgraduate internship at Cambisol, becoming now one of our collaborators. Below he tells us about his experience!
"My name is Eugenio Straffelini and I come from Riva del Garda, a little town in the North of Italy.
Some months ago I graduated in Forestry and Environmental Sciences at the University of Padova, working on a thesis about the use of a drone (UAV) for remote sensing of the Earth surface and analyzing the processes on it.
Thanks to that, I realized that the combination between technology and environment was exactly what I am looking for my dream-job, pushing me to improve my skills finding a professional experience abroad.
And right here, thanks to Professor Paolo Tarolli from Padova University, in November 2018 I flew to the Netherlands for a great experience: accompanying Teun Vogel in the adventure at Cambisol, a start-up full of nice ideas and professional skills.
Besides business and work, we did a lot of activities like spending time in different parts of this beautiful country and enjoying nights with biljart and good food. Last weekend, I only ate frikadel speciaal, bitterballen and kroketten, very nice. And we enjoyed Zeeuwse Mosselen and much more.
We worked in a team on different captivating projects, exploring the use of drone to build high resolution models of the surface in an efficient way, identify potential problems and propose solutions. All of this in a GIS environment, trying to obtain scientifically provenmaps but also attractive from a functional and aesthetic point of view.
As a start, a very interesting job was the drone survey of a golf area in Den Haag, where some bunkers are affected by collapse problems due to erosion produced by heavy rain. Here we flew the drone for surveying the Green, built the 3D maps and analysed it for studying the hydrological processes."