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Soil condition and capability mapping for sustainable forest management

Project description

Improving forest soil using DSM

Soil is the foundation for all food chains and for biodiversity on the ground. Yet around 60 to 70% of soils in the EU are not healthy. Taking care of forest soil is particularly important. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) project SELVANS will implement a digital soil mapping (DSM) approach to assess the effects of contemporary forest management on soil change, expressed as biogeochemical processes and microbial functions. The hypothesis is that the response of indicators of soil condition to management practices will differ by soil class depending on the biophysical environment, inherent soil properties and the legacy of land use history. The project will also consider the links between anthropedogenesis and soil microbial functional diversity, and its effects on carbon and nutrient cycling.

Objective

The conservation and improvement of forest soil resources is essential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal. Policy-makers and land managers need detailed information -quantitative and spatially explicit- on the effects of management strategies on soil condition and capability for supplying ecosystem services. The rise of digital soil mapping (DSM) and integrative modelling approaches have brought powerful tools for generating data-driven knowledge that can guide the decision-making process. SELVANS will implement an innovative DSM framework for assessing the effects of contemporary forest management on soil change, expressed as biogeochemical processes and microbial functions. The hypothesis is that the response of indicators of soil condition to management practices will differ by soil class depending on the biophysical environment, inherent soil properties and the legacy of land use history. Furthermore, SELVANS will investigate the links between anthropedogenesis and soil microbial functional diversity, and its effects on carbon and nutrient cycling. Soil classes and the degree of anthropogenic pressures on soil will be generated using data-mining algorithms, environmental covariates, time series of satellite imagery, national forestry inventory data and legacy soil data. Soil condition will be characterized with a comprehensive set of physical, chemical and biological soil properties (e.g. soil organic carbon, nutrients, soil microbial diversity and functioning) originating from completed and ongoing projects evaluating the functioning of forest soils. SELVANS' outputs will identify thresholds for decline in soil condition and risk of soil degradation, with an impact for forest management and conservation of soil resources. Finally, the capability of soils for delivering ecosystem services will be quantified applying the integrative modelling framework ARIES.

Coordinator

ASOCIACION BC3 BASQUE CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE - KLIMA ALDAKETA IKERGAI
Net EU contribution
€ 181 152,96
Address
EDIFICIO 1 PLANTA 1 PARQUE CIENTIFICO DE UPV/EHU BARRIO SARRIENA
48940 Leioa
Spain

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Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
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