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This report provides a summary of the project agroclimatic change and European soil suitability (ACCESS). The scientific core of ACCESS is a robust method for the calculation of the soil-crop-water relationship, which is central to any attempt to assess the suitability of land for agricultural uses. Additional features are the ability to:
calculate soil hydraulic properties by means of widely tested, robust pedotransfer functions;
model soil-water movement in cracking soils;
assess the problem of soil salinity, using an expert system;
estimate soil erosion risk, and vulnerability to agrochemicals. The ACCESS project has produced a model which uses detailed digital information to predict the effects of climate change on land-use potential within Europe. The model has been designed deliberately to make use of simple (but reliable) soil data from soil surveys, in relation to crop suitability, as well as data from experimental sites. The model is easily implemented and fully documented. This report also includes demonstrations of the use of ACCESS. Future developments of land-use modelling are also discussed. ed.

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Authors: LOVELAND P J ET AL, Cranfield University, Soil Survey and Land Research Centre, Bedford (GB);ARMSTRONG A C, Gleadthorpe Research Centre, ADAS Land Research Centre, Mansfield (GB);MATTHEWS A M ET AL, ADAS Land Research Centre, Cambridge (GB);LEGROS J-P ET AL, Institut Nationale de la Recherche Agronomique, Science du Sol, Montpellier (FR);RAJKAI K ET AL, Research Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Budapest (HU);FEHÉR J, Water Resources Research Centre plc, Budapest (HU);GLÍNSKI J ET AL, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Agrophysics, Lublin (PL);SIMOTA C ET AL, Research Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Bucharest (RO);IONESCU C, National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Bucharest (RO);DE LA ROSA D ET AL, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología, Sevilla (ES);FANTECHI R ET AL, CEC Bruxelles (BE);FEHER J, Water Resources Research Centre plc, Budapest (HU)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16826 EN (1996) 27pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Environmental Programme Office, European Commission, DG XII-D-5, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2963024
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-6820-1
Record Number: 199611447 / Last updated on: 1996-12-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en