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Soil erosion by water is a widespread problem throughout Europe. The identification of areas that are vulnerable to soil erosion can be helpful for improving our knowledge about the extent of the areas affected and, ultimately, for developing measures to keep the problem under control whenever possible.

In an attempt to quantify erosion in Europe using modern digital techniques, a series of projects are being coordinated by the European Soil Bureau with the aim of assessing erosion risk at continental scale. The end product will be the identification of regions in Europe that are prone to soil erosion, with the emphasis on rill- and inter-rill erosion by water. This information is needed for input to a new Soil Protection Strategy for the EU countries, aimed at combating soil degradation. Other forms of soil erosion are also important, for example gully erosion, landslides and, to a lesser extent, wind erosion but these types of erosion will be addressed in future studies, to develop a more comprehensive picture of soil erosion in Europe today. .

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Authors: GRIMM M, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);JONES R, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MONTANARELLA L, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19939 EN (2001), pp. 38. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from JRC Information & Public Relations Unit, European Commission. Fax: +32-2-2996322 and JRC Information & Public Relations Unit, Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785409
Record Number: 200114193 / Last updated on: 2001-12-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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