Journal special issues 

Remote sensing: Special Issue Estimation and Mapping of Soil Properties Based on Multi-Source Data Fusion

Sensors: Special Issue Precision Agriculture and Sensor Systems

Current projects


Application of vis-NIR spectroscopy technique for predicting maturity indices of pawpaw (Carica papaya L.) at harvest and postharvest. A PhD project funded by UGent Research Council under Special Research Fund (BOF). Project Coordinator: Prof. Abdul Mouazen; Duration: 4 years (2019-2023).


Stepping up and bringing out the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in soil research of the University of Lisbon. A collaborative project funded by EC under the Horizon2020 cal H2020-Widespread-2020-5 (Nr. 952051). Project coordinator: Prof. Cristina Cruz, and UGent PI: Prof. Abdul Mouazen; Duration: 36 months (2020-2023). (€242 875 of the total project budget of €899 976).


A collaborative project funded by EC under the Horizon2020 call H2020-SFS-2018-2020 “Sino-EU Soil Observatory for intelligent Land Use Management”. Project general coordinator: Prof. Dimitrios Moshou, and scientific coordinator: Prof. Abdul Mouazen; Duration: 36 months (2019-2022). Project budget: €503 650 of the total project budget of €4 958 475.


Towards Setting up a Centre of Site-specific Technology for Soil and Crop Management. Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO), 2017-2022, Ghent University (Total project budegt: €3 500 000 - Project Coordinator: Abdul Mouazen).

Former projects

Agri-EPI Centre

Agriculture Engineering-Precision Innovation Centre. A joint project between Cranfield University, Harper Adams University and Scottish Rural University College. Funded by Innovate UK, 2015-2019, Cranfield University (Total project budegt is €27 000 000 - Cranfield PI: Abdul Mouazen).


Proximal soil sensing based variable rate application of subsurface fertiliser injection in vegetable/ combinable crops. Funded by Technology strategy Board (TSB) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), 2014-2017, Cranfield University (Total project budget of €1753 000 - Cranfield PI: Abdul Mouazen).


Fusion of multi-source and multi-sensor information on soil and crop for optimised crop production system. Funded by DEFRA under ICT-AGRI, 2013-2016, Cranfield University (Total project budget of €691 562 - Project Coordinator: Abdul Mouazen).


Fusion of satellite and ground-based information on soil and crop for optimised crop production. Funded by European Space Agency, 2012-2013, Cranfield University (€Total project budget of €600 000 – Project Coordinator: Abdul Mouazen).

Soil science is essential in different agricultural and environmental domains including precision agriculture, which is one way of ensuring sustainable soil management practices. The EU-funded SOILdarity project will develop a scientific solution that integrates soil ecology with cutting-edge soil and crop sensors, modelling and system control technologies for sustainable soil management. The project will focus on Portugal, where soil health faces considerable challenges due to management and climate changes, erosion and overexploitation patterns. Specifically, it will facilitate the cooperation between FCiências.ID – Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Ciências (including the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Science, a major research centre in soil sciences in Portugal), and two internationally leading research institutions: MIGAL- Galilee Research Institute (Israel) and UGENT University (Belgium).  The leading partner aims at boosting the research and innovation capacity of the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon and improving its know-how in precision agriculture and sustainable soil management through the knowledge-transfer dynamics established with the internationally leading research -intensive partners.