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Pan-European soil erosion risk assessment

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01323
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-04-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,985,762 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,229,568 EUR
Scientific Officer: Veronica SABBAG
Research topic: 5.4. Support for common policies (Common Agricultural/Fisheries Policy)

Abstract:
Soil erosion poses severe limitations to sustainable agricultural land use, as it reduces on-farm soil productivity and causes the accumulation of sediments and agri-chemicals in waterways. Current models are designed to assess soil erosion at high resolutions, and are not suitable to develop regional soil conservation strategies. A physically based and spatially distributed model will be developed, calibrated and validated to quantify soil erosion in a nested strategy of focusing on environmentally sensitive areas relevant to European scale. Accurate databases will be compiled and upgraded through satellite image processing and computational techniques. The project will concentrate on promoting a robust and flexible model by demonstrating its performance at different resolutions and across agro-ecological zones, and by ensuring its relevance to policy-makers through impact assessment and scenario analysis. A strong expert and end-user network will be established across Europe.


Coordinator
Anne GOBIN
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Leuven
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 16 32 64 28
Fax: +32 16 32 64 00
E-mail: Anne.Gobin@geo.kuleuven.ac.be


Partners
  Mike KIRKBY
University of Leeds
Leeds
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 113 233 3310
Fax: +44 113 233 6758
E-mail: mike@geog.leeds.ac.uk
  Yves LE BISSONNAIS
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Ardon
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 2 38417882
Fax: +33 2 38417869
E-mail: Yves.LeBissonnais@orleans.inra.fr
  Robert JONES
Commission of the European Communities - DG Joint Research Centre
Ispra ( VA )
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0332786330
Fax: +39 0332789936
E-mail: robert.jones@jrc.it
  Costas KOSMAS
Agricultural University of Athens
Athens
GREECE
Tel.: +30 15294821
Fax: +30 15294832
E-mail: 1sos2kok@auadec.aua.gr
  Juan PUIGDEFABREGAS
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
Almerķa
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 950276400
Fax: +34 950277100
E-mail: puigdefa@eeza.csic.es
  Godert VAN LYNDEN
International Soil Reference and Information Centre
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317471715
Fax: +31 317471700
E-mail: soil@isric.nl