Information - SSS18 Soil quality indicators to assess degradation and rehabilitation processes (co-listed in BG)
Human activities have promoted soil degradation processes at various scales. Therefore, the evaluation and monitoring of soil quality are current concerns and, consequently, adequate procedures are checked for by numerous soil scientists. The soil quality refers to the use of the land, the soil type, climatic conditions and the level of pollution, however, the selection of the set of techniques to control soil degradation and to monitoring soil rehabilitation is not finalised.
In the last years, classical and modern soil microbiological parameters have been used as useful indicators of soil quality since they are sensitive to disturbances in ecosystems and indicate soil perturbations. Classical microbiological techniques address microbiological and biochemical properties and the modern techniques molecular and isotopic signatures. Since biological characteristics are interrelated to some degree to physical and chemical soil properties, the development of ‘networking tools’ to evaluate soil quality are particularly welcome.
Topics addressed in this session include:
- studies on soil degradation processes
- soil rehabilitation and resilience techniques
- adequate indicators to evaluate soil quality
- new tools to evaluate at spatial and temporal scales
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session to be scheduled on Monday, April 3.
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