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Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring

Objective

This high impact ENVASSO project addresses the needs of Task 6 (Characterisation of soils) by setting a series of interlinked objectives that will lead to the harmonisation of the soil datasets that currently exist in EU member states. Eight threats to soil (erosion, declining organic matter, contamination, compaction, salinization, loss in biodiversity, soil sealing, landslides) are identified in the Commissions official Soil Communication (CEC 2002) and the forthcoming -Soil Thematic Strategy for the Protection of Soil in Europe-. By bringing together the key practitioners and academic experts from across the EU, the aim is to develop a system to harmonise existing, mostly national data sets, to form a central reference point to assess current soil status and to ensure sustainable management in future.

The project call is for a holistic approach to soil protection through the robust and defendable selection of criteria, thresholds and indicators based on harmonised approaches to soil information collection, analysis and management. This approach is encompassed within ENVASSO through the consideration of real, existing data, interpretation, and approaches to soil inventory / monitoring. ENVASSO will distil this knowledge and expertise leading-edge methodologies to create a working prototype database structure, and Procedures and Protocols for harmonised soil assessment throughout Europe.

The objectives will be achieved by 5 core partners supported by 32 additional partners drawn from all 25 EU member states ensuring maximum impact to enhance soil protection at European level. All the partners are members, or have close links with the European Soil Bureau Network and include EU and Associated States. Account will be taken of the Catchment Information System constructed by the JRC and of the Pilot River Basins of the WFD. Criteria and indicators for the characterisation of soil and procedures / protocols for inventory and monitoring will be major deliverables.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
Address
Cranfield
Bedfordshire
United Kingdom

Participants (36)

BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
Address
Stilleweg 2
Hannover
UMWELTBUNDESAMT GMBH
Austria
Address
Spittelauer Laende 5
Wien
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)
France
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
Paris
SZENT ISTVAN EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Pater Karoly U. 1
Godollo
OESTERREICHISCHE AGENTUR FUER GESUNDHEIT UND ERNAEHRUNGSSICHERHEIT
Austria
Address
Spargelfeldstrasse 191
Wien
BUNDESFORSCHUNGS UND AUSBILDUNGSZENTRUM FUER WALD, NATURGEFAHREN UND LANDSCHAFT
Austria
Address
Seckendorff-gudent-weg 8
Wien
BUNDESAMT FUER WASSERWIRTSCHAFT
Austria
Address
Dampfschiffhaufen 54
Wien
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent
NIKOLA POUSHKAROV INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE
Bulgaria
Address
Shosse Bankya Street 7
Sofia
CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERSZITA V PRAZE
Czechia
Address
Kamycka 129
Praha 6 - Suchdol
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Norregade 10
Koebenhavn K
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C
POLLUMAJANDUSUURINGUTE KESKUS
Estonia
Address
Teaduse 4/6
Saku, Harjumaa
MAA-JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUS KESKUS
Finland
Address
O-house - Humppilantie 16
Jokioinen
AGENCE DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE LA MAITRISE DE L'ENERGIE
France
Address
2, Square Lafayette
Angers
AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Iera Odos 75
Athens
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TALAJTANI ES AGROKEMIAI KUTATO INTEZETE
Hungary
Address
Herman Otto Ut 15
Budapest
CENTRAL SERVICE FOR PLANT PROTECTION AND SOIL CONSERVATION
Hungary
Address
Budaorsi Ut 141-145
Budapest
MISKOLCI EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Egyetemvaros
Miskolc
LIETUVOS ZEMES UKIO UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
Address
Studentu 15A Akademija
Kauno Rajonas
LATVIJAS LAUKSAIMNIECIBAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
Address
Liela Iela 2
Jelgava
MINISTRY FOR RURAL AFFAIRS AND THE ENVIRONMENT - MALTA
Malta
Address
14, M.a. Vassalli Street
Valletta
ALTERRA B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
Wageningen
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU (RIVM)
Netherlands
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
Bilthoven
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR JORD OG SKOGKARTLEGGING
Norway
Address
Raveien 9
Aas
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
Warszawa
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLÓGICOS, I. P.
Portugal
Address
Rua Barata Salgueiro 37, 4º
Lisboa
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU PEDOLOGIE, AGROCHIMIE SI PROTECTIA MEDIULUI - ICPA BUCURESTI
Romania
Address
Bd. Marasti, No. 61
Bucuresti
VYSKUMNY USTAV PODOZNALECTVA A OCHRANY PODY
Slovakia
Address
Gagarinova 10
Bratislava
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
Ljubljana
GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA - DEPARTAMENTO DE AGRICULTURA, GANADERIA Y PESCA
Spain
Address
C Camp De Mart, 35
Lleida
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Arrheniusplan 2C
Uppsala
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
LANDESUMWELTAMT NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN
Germany
Address
Wallneyer Strasse 6
Essen
SAECHSISCHES LANDESAMT FUER UMWELT UND GEOLOGIE
Germany
Address
Zur Wetterwarte 11
Dresden
TEAGASC - THE IRISH AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
Address
Oak Park
Carlow