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Abstract

The proper management of the natural resource of soil has a bearing on sustainable agricultural production, but also the protection of water resources, forests, fisheries and natural ecosystems. Policies influencing this resource require accurate information both on local and regional/national levels. The general requirement of efficient land use, together with the current importance of related environmental issues such as acidification and soil erosion, points to the need for a comprehensive and harmonized soil database at European scale. The proposed georefrenced databse, with its scale of 1:250,000, will provide precise and quantitative soils information not possible with the existing overviews. The objective of this database is to provide the required soild parameters, combined with terrain, climatic, vegetation and lithological data, at a resolution which is suitable for regional planning and in a way which ensures compatability and comparability of datasets of different national or regional institutions. The shortcomings of conventional cartographic representation of data will be overcome by thematic outputs which address a broad range of land use issues. The present manual defines the stucture and contents of the database, describes the methods of georeferencing the data, outlines suggested procedures for regional mapping and sampling programmes, and prescribes a format of data storage. Ensuring inter-regional and inter-country harmonization of data acquisition, processing and interpretation, the project paves the way for the creation of a user-friendly soil database which will cater for present and future demands for specific soils information.

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Authors: FINKE P, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee;HARTWICH R, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee;DUDAL R, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee;IBANEZ J, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee;JAMAGNE M, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee;KING D, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee;MONTANERELLA L, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee;YASSOGLOU N, EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU - Scientific Committee
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18092 EN (1998) 184pp.
Availability: Available from CCR Ispra - Servizio Pubblicazioni
Record Number: 199910686 / Last updated on: 1999-04-30
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en