Results & Publications




The MERINOVA project will concentrate on promoting a robust and flexible framework by demonstrating its performance across Belgian agro-ecosystems, and by ensuring its relevance to policy makers and practitioners. Impacts developed from physically based models will not only provide information on the state of the damage at any given time, but also assist in understanding the links between different factors causing damage and determining bio-physical vulnerability. Socio-economic impacts will enlarge the basis for vulnerability mapping, risk management and adaptation options. A strong expert and end-user network will be established to help disseminating and exploiting project results to meet user needs.



Heat stress in sugar beet

Drought impact on wheat

Hail damage on Apple Waterlogging hinders beet harvesting



Gobin, A., 2012. Impact of heat and drought stress on arable crop production in Belgium. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 12, 1911–1922.

Trnka, M., Olesen, J.E., Kersebaum, C., Skjelvåg, A.O., Seguin, B., Peltonen-Sainio, P., Dubrovský, M., Hlavinka, P., Balek, J., Rossi, F., Cloppet, E., Micale, F., Kozyra, J., Calanca, P., Rötter, R., Eitzinger, J., Gobin, A., Lalic, B., Vusetic, V., Alexandrov, V., Nejedlik, P., Kumar, S., Eckersten, H., Mestre, A., 2011. Expected change of agroclimatic conditions in Europe. Global change biology 17 (7): 2298–2318.

Pirjo Peltonen-Sainio, P., Jauhiainen, L., Trnka, M., Olesen, J.E., Calanca, P.L., Eckersten, H., Eitzinger, J., Gobin, A., Kersebaum, C., Kozyra, J., Kumar, S., Dalla Marta, A., Micale, F., Schaap, B., Seguin, B., Skjelvåg, A., 2010. Coincidence of variation in yield and climate in Europe. Agriculture, ecosystems and environment 139, 483-489.

Gobin, A., 2010. Modelling climate impacts on arable yields in Belgium. Climate Research 44: 55–68.

Cerdan, O., Govers, G., Le Bissonnais, Y., Van Oost, K., Poesen, J., Saby, N., Gobin, A., Vacca, A., Quinton, J., Auerswald, K., Klik, A., Kwaad, F., Raclot, D., Ionita, I., Rejman, J., Rousseva, S., Muxart, T., Roxo, M., Dostal, T., 2010. The rate and spatial variation of soil erosion in Europe: a study based on erosion plot data. Geomorphology 122, 167-177.

Gobin, A., Jones, R., Kirkby, M., Campling, P., Kosmas, C., Govers, G., Gentile, A.R., 2004. Pan-European assessment and monitoring of soil erosion by water. Journal of Environmental Science and Policy 7 (1): 25-38.

Verspecht, A., Vandermeulen, V., Ter Avest, E., Van Huylenbroeck, G. 2011. Review on trade-offs and co-benefits from climate mitigation measures in agricultural production. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 9, 147-157. 

Van der Straeten, B., Buysse, J., Nolte, S., Lauwers, L., Claeys, D., Van Huylenbroeck, G. 2010. A multi-agent simulation model for spatial optimisation of manure allocation. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53, 1011-1030.

Verspecht, A., Vandermeulen, V., de Bolle, S., Moeskops, B., Vermang, J., Van den Bossche, A., Van Huylenbroeck, G., De Neve, S. 2010. Integrated policy approach to mitigate soil erosion in West-Flanders. Land Degradation & Development 22, 84-96.