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Abstract

The paper gives an overview on the development, properties and application of the European reference soil set-the EUROSOILS. The introduction of this new type of reference materials allowed for the first time to compare data related to the soil interaction of chemical substances, and thus, to improve their quality. Due to their unforeseen success a second generation of EUROSOILS had been produced and the application range was extended to other types of measurements related to soil matrix, e.g. soil-pH, carbon and nitrogen content, particle size distribution and cation-exchange capacity. Other fields of application include analytical method development or testing soil decontamination techniques.

Based on the success of the EUROSOIL-concept and the need for a common basis for comparison of soil-related data in Europe and beyond, the European CommissionÆs institute for Reference Materials and Measurements decided to certify several properties of the second EUROSOIL-generation, thus establishing a common QA/QC system for soil-related data. The main features of the EUROSOILS, their origin, the necessary field and laboratory work and some interesting background information of the project are presented in this poster..

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Authors: MUNTAU H, JRC, EI, Ispra (IT);PAUWELS J, JRC, IRMM, Geel (BE);LAMBERTY A, JRC, IRMM, Geel (BE);GAWLIK B M, JRC, IRMM, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vol.370 (2001), pp.220-223
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