Critical Zone Science for Water Resource Management in Agricultural Landscapes

Name of the Speaker: Dr. Laurent Ruiz

Title of the Seminar: Critical Zone Science for Water Resource Management in Agricultural Landscapes [Gallery]

Date and Time: 28th January 2020 (Tuesday), 4:00 PM

Venue: Lecture Hall, ICWaR


About the speaker: Laurent Ruiz research interest is to understand and model the interactions between climate, anthropogenic forcings, especially agriculture, and water resources at the landscape scale. He explores how pluridisciplinary approaches, spanning Hydrology, Agronomy, Geochemistry and Social Sciences can help conceiving better management of water and nutrient cycles in agro-ecosystems. His work relies primarily on long term observations carried out within Critical Zone Observatories in France (AgrHys and in India (BVET He holds his PhD from Montpellier University (France) and is a researcher at INRA and IRD. He has been associated with the Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences at IISc Bangalore since 2002. He is the PI of the ATCHA project ( focused on the adaptation of Indian agriculture to climate change.

Abstract: In the time of Anthropocene, global changes are questioning the capacity of the planet Earth to sustain the development of human societies in the long term. In the past two decades, this concern has fostered world wise efforts to develop integrated studies of the “Critical Zone” (CZ), the thin layer of the Earth surface, from the top of the canopy to the bottom of the aquifer, hosting the continental biosphere and providing basic human needs such as water, food, energy and ecosystem services. Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) have been set up in various climatic, geologic and human contexts with a wide range of variables being monitored on the long term. Their main challenge is to ensure the actual integration of the multiple scientific disciplines at stake, from geosciences and biological sciences to social sciences, working within a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Using experiences from France and India, this seminar will illustrate how such integration can produce the knowledge required for effectively addressing environmental issues in agricultural landscapes.

Date(s) - 28/01/2020
4:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) - IISc Bangalore