Title: Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring Volume I: Indicators & Criteria
Authors: HUBER SigbertPROKOP GundulaARROUAYS DominiqueBANKO GebhardBISPO AntonioJONES Robert J AKIBBLEWHITE MarkLEXER WolfgangMOLLER ARICKSON R JaneSHISHKOV TomaSTEPHENS MarkTOTH GergelyVAN DEN AKKER JanVARALLYAY GyorgyVERHEIJEN Frank
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC47184
ISBN: 978-92-79-09708-9
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23490 EN/1
OPOCE LB-NA-23490-EN-C
URI: http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ESDB_Archive/eusoils_docs/doc.html
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC47184
DOI: 10.2788/93515
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The ENVASSO Project (Contract 022713) was funded 2006-8, under the European Commission 6th Framework Programme of Research, with the objective of defining and documenting a soil monitoring system appropriate for soil protection at continental level. The ENVASSO Consortium, comprising 37 partners drawn from 25 EU Member States, reviewed soil indicators, identified existing soil inventories and monitoring programmes in the Member States, designed and programmed a database management system to capture, store and supply soil profile data, and drafted procedures and protocols appropriate for inclusion in a European soil monitoring network of sites that are geo-referenced and at which a qualified sampling process is or could be conducted. Volume I, one of six describing the results of the ENVASSO Project, identifies 290 potential indicators relating to 188 key issues for the following nine threats to soil: erosion, organic matter decline, contamination, sealing, compaction, loss of biodiversity, salinisation, landslides and desertification. Sixty candidate indicators that address 27 key issues, covering all these threats, were selected on the basis of their thematic relevance, policy relevance and data availability. Baseline and threshold values are presented and detailed Fact Sheets describe three priority indicators for each soil threat.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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