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|Title:||Continental-scale assessment of provisioning soil functions in Europe|
|Authors:||TOTH Gergely; GARDI Ciro; BODIS Katalin; IVITS-WASSER Eva; AKSOY ECE; JONES Arwyn; JEFFERY Simon; PETURSDOTTIR THORUNN; MONTANARELLA Luca|
|Citation:||ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES vol. 2 no. 32 p. 1-18|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Soil plays a crucial role in terrestrial ecosystems and maintaining life on Earth. The ecosystem services it provides to humans are manifold and complex. In this paper we propose a framework for the evaluation of soil ecosystem services on a continental scale in Europe and make an account of the repertoire of major soil functions and functioning capacities of soils. Soil functions and associated services are discussed in the context of the European soil protection strategy and related to the classification of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. In our attempt to characterize soil ecosystem services for the area of the EU in a spatially explicit manner we produced new data on provisioning soil ecosystem services, including productivity and raw material availability. Comparing the potentials for providing soil ecosystem services with individual soil functions in European areas highlight the complexity of decision making dilemma for resources utilization but also underlines the possibilities for resources use optimization and conscious management.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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