Science Director

Net Zero and Resilient Farming

Net Zero and Resilient Farming


Adie's research interests broadly encompass the sustainability of agriculture. They specifically include a number of themes: 1) characterising pollutant emissions to water and air; 2) the development and application of pollutant source tracing procedures; 3) understanding cross-sector water pollution at different scales and the development of screening tools for contextualising the role of agriculture in water quality problems; 4) the impacts of agricultural pollution on aquatic ecology; 5) measuring and modelling the efficacy of on-farm interventions for managing agricultural sustainability; and 6) scenario-based evaluation of technically feasible mitigation impacts for policy support. His expertise includes hydro-chemical monitoring at multiple scales, integrating empirical and modelling approaches for scaling up, and pollutant source fingerprinting. Since 2009, Adie has been a national PI of the Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) programme. He is also assistant director of the landscape scale Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP). His UK research council projects include DIVERSe, a BBSRC programme for testing the impact of different vegetation treatments in riparian buffers on hydrology and water quality; an NERC project developing real-time pesticide risk assessment tools; and the BBSRC-funded Institute Strategic Programme Grant (ISPG) at Rothamsted Research, Soil to Nutrition, in which Adie leads work on optimising sustainable intensification of agriculture.




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      North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2SB


        Strategic programme

        • Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)
        • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

        Science project

        • Demonstration Test Catchments: DTC 2 (LM0304)
        • SIP: opportunities and risks for farming and the environment at landscape scales (LM0302)
        • Impacts of different vegetation in riparian buffer strips on hydrology and water quality
        • DiffuseTools: Catchment Models and Management Tools for Diffuse Contaminants (Sediment, Phosphorus and Pesticides)
        • Economics of effective but unpopular farming measures
        • Expert modelling platform
        • CSF sediment tracing
        • Sediment source apportionment in intensive agricultural catchments
        • Real-time predictions of pesticide run-off risk which: mulit-scale visualisations of water quality risks and costs.

        PhD project

        • Organic nutrients: defining risk and managing transfers at catchment scale
        • Farmer attitudes to on-farm interventions for water quality


        1995 - PhD in Hydrology, University of Exeter, UK
        1992 - BA (Hons) in Geography, University of Exeter, UK


        • President-elect of the International Commission on Continental Erosion (ICCE) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
        • Member, UK Committee for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
        • Member, European SedNet steering group
        • Member, National Science Advisory Panel, Salmon and Trout Association (formerly Salmon and Trout Association)
        • Co-recipient, Canadian Council of the Federation Excellence in Water Stewardship Award co-recipient in conjunction with the Southern Rockies Watershed Project (2014)
        • Co-recipient, Alberta Emerald Award in conjunction with the Southern Rockies Watershed Project (2014)