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  Information - SSS27 Soil quality indicators to assess genesis, degradation and rehabilitation processes

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Human activities have promoted soil degradation worldwide. Therefore, the evaluation and monitoring of soil quality are great concerns and, consequently, tools were developed by numerous soil scientists. The soil quality refers to the soil genesis, the use of land, the soil type, the climatic conditions and the level of pollution. However, the selection of biological and abiotic indicators to evaluate sol genesis and degradation and to monitor soil rehabilitation is not finalised.

In the last years, micro-biological indicators have been used to check soil quality since they are sensitive to disturbances and show soil perturbations in ecosystems. In particular, isotopic signatures became popular. Since biological characteristics are interrelated to physical and chemical soil prosperities, the development of cross-cutting tools to evaluate soil quality are particularly welcome.

Topics addressed in this session include:
Soil genesis
Soil degradation
Resilience of soil quality
Soil rehabilitation and mitigation measures
Biological and abiotic indicators to evaluate soil quality
Tools to evaluate at spatial and temporal scales

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