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Abstract

Soil erosion is a natural process, occurring over geological time, and indeed it is a process that is essential for soil formation. However, in the context of environmental protection, most concerns about erosion are related to accelerated erosion, where the natural rate has been significantly increased mostly by human activity. Accelerated erosion by running water has been identified as the most severe threat to soil in Europe. By removing the most fertile topsoil, erosion reduces soil productivity and can lead to an irreversible loss of natural farmland, that is not always obvious to an increasingly urbanised general public.
The PESERA map, published as S.P.I.04.73 in ISO B1 format, shows estimated loss of soil by water erosion and is a key output from the PESERA research project (Contract No QLK5-CT-1999-01323) funded by the European Commission Directorate-General Research (DG RES), under the Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources sector of the 5th Framework Programme. The map is intended to provide an objective assessment of current rates of soil erosion by water, averaged over a series of years under current land use and climate.

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Authors: KIRKBY M J, University of Leeds, Leeds (GB);IRVINE B, University of Leeds, Leeds (GB);GOBIN A, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (BE);GOVERS G, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (BE);CERDAN O, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (BE);VAN ROMPAEY A J J, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (BE);LE BISSONNAIS Y, Institute National Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Orleans (FR);DAROUSSIN J, Institute National Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Orleans (FR);KING D, Institute National Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Orleans (FR);JONES R J A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MONTANARELLA L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);GRIMM M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);VIEILLEFONT V, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);PUIGDEFABREGAS J, CSIC, Almeria (ES);BOER M, CSIC, Almeria (ES);KOSMAS C, Agricultural University, Athens (GR);YASSOGLOU N, Agricultural University, Athens (GR);TSARA M, Agricultural University, Athens (GR);MANTEL S, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen (NL);VAN LYNDEN G J, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen (NL);HUTING J, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21176 EN (2004), 30 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200417617 / Last updated on: 2004-07-06
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en