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FAIR-WATER I: Towards better drought resistance and reduced water consumption on golf course fairways

Photo: Trygve S. Aamlid
Active Last updated: 29.11.2023
End: dec 2026
Start: jan 2023

During the past five years, many European golf courses (GCs) have experienced an increased risk of drought due to global warming. Scarcity of potable water for irrigation has become an issue even in the Nordic countries.

Status Active
External project link Link to the offcial web site
Start - end date 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026
Project manager Trygve S. Aamlid
Division Division of Environment and Natural Resources
Department Urban Greening and Vegetation Ecology
Total budget 1800000

With a focus on Northern Europe, this project will (1) identify the most drought-resistant cultivars and seed blends/mixtures for available for golf course fairways and (2) explore the potential of market-ready soil surfactants to prevent drought on unirrigated fairways. The project includes replicated trials at NIBIO Landvik and Hochschule Osnabrück.

The project will emphasise ready-to use research and technology transfer, including revision of STERFs irrigation handbook.