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Interactions between soil related sciences - Linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping

Objective

As formulated in the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection prepared by the European Commission soil degradation is a serious problem in Europe. The degradation is driven or exacerbated by human activity and has a direct impact on water and air quality, biodiversity, climate and human life-quality. High-resolution soil property maps are one major prerequisite for the specific protection of soil functions and restoration of degraded soils as well as sustainable land use, water and environmental management. However, the currently available techniques for (digital) soil mapping still have deficiencies in terms of reliability and precision, the feasibility of investigation of large areas (e.g. catchments and landscapes) and the assessment of soil degradation threats at this scale. A further quandary is the insufficient degree of dissemination of knowledge between the scientific community, relevant authorities and prospective users and deficiencies in standardisation. The focus of the iSOIL project is on improving fast and reliable mapping of soil properties, soil functions and soil degradation threats. This requires the improvement as well as integration of geophysical and spectroscopic measurement techniques in combination with advanced soil sampling approaches, pedometrical and pedophysical approaches. An important aspect of the project is the sustainable dissemination of the technologies and concepts developed. For this purpose guidelines will be written and published. Furthermore, the results will be implemented in national and European soil databases. The present state of technologies and future perspectives will also be transferred to authorities, providers of technologies (SMEs), and end users through workshops at regional level, international conferences and publications throughout the duration of the project.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geophysics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/air pollution engineering
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Germany
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 636 894
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)

Participants (18)

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GEOPHYSICS GEODESY AND GEOGRAPHY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 109 560
Address
Ul. Acad G Bonchev Bl 3
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonia Stojnova (Ms.)
ALLIED ASSOCIATES (GEOPHYSICAL) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 138 040
Address
Blackburn Road The Townsen Centre 8
LU5 5BQ Dunstable
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Norman Bell (Mr.)
ALLSAT GMBH NETWORK + SERVICES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 83 070
Address
Am Hohen Ufer 4A
30159 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Siegfried Krüger (Mr.)
VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 49 654
Address
Drnovska 507
16106 Praha 6
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frantisek Urban (Mr.)
CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 107 755
Address
Kamycka 129 Suchdol
16500 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jiri Bohácek (Mr.)
EIJKELKAMP AGRISEARCH EQUIPMENT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 67 000
Address
Nijverheidsstraat 30
6987 EM Giesbeek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Corine Schimmel (Ms.)
COMITE EUROPEEN DE NORMALISATION
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Science 23
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Patrick Meert (Mr.)
CONSULAQUA HAMBURG BERATUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 134 440
Address
Billhorner Deich 2
20539 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leonardo Van Straaten (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 167 580
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Arminda Machado (Dr.)
The Soil Company BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 64 600
Address
Leonard Springerlaan 9
9747 AT Groningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eddie Loonstra (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 359 968
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Germann (Prof.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 104 823
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kaye Miller (Ms.)
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 281 200
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Neufeld (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 210 784
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Domenico Rio (Prof.)
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 339 776
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jutta Pickel (Ms.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 922
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Coen J. Ritsema (Prof.)
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 100 134
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johann Fank (Dr.)
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 199 423
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Hasenpusch (Ms.)