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The objective of this report is to establish the main directions of activity for rational management of information on the soils of Europe. Soils support agricultural production and play a major role in a variety of bio-geochemical processes. They represent a heritage similar to other elements of the biosphere and constitute a nonrenewable resource. In the framework of the MARS programme (Monitoring Agriculture by Remote Sensing), a harmonized and corrected geographical data base for the soil cover of 18 European countries, at 1 to 1 000 000 scale was developed as part of the institutional support from the Joint Research Centre to Directorate General VI - Agricultural and the European Statistical Office. Work is ongoing to extend this database to 26 Western, Central and Eastern European Countries. The programme of work on the Soil Map of European Communities led to a clearer appreciation of the nature and precision of information necessary for sustainable land management and good functioning of soils. The preparation of a report (CEC-JRC, 1995) expressing the requirements of the Directorates-General of the Commission has further clarified the situation. The present report is an initial response to these requirements by defining the needs and proposing some aims and objectives.

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Authors: KING D, INRA Science du Sol (FR);THOMASSON A J, Land Resource Partnership (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16393 EN (1996) 22pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199610753 / Last updated on: 1996-08-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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