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Soil monitoring in Europe: A review of existing systems and requirements for harmonisation

Abstract : Official frameworks for soil monitoring exist in most member states of the European Union. However, the uniformity of methodologies and the scope of actual monitoring are variable between national systems. This review identifies the differences between existing systems, and describes options for harmonising soil monitoring in the Member States and some neighbouring countries of the European Union. The present geographical coverage is uneven between and within countries. In general, national and regional networks are much denser in northern and eastern regions than in southern Europe. The median coverage in the 50 km x 50 km EMEP cells applied all over the European Union, is 300 km(2) for one monitoring site. Achieving such minimum density for the European Union would require 4100 new sites, mainly located in southern countries (Italy, Spain, Greece), parts of Poland, Germany, the Baltic countries, Norway, Finland and France. Options are discussed for harmonisation of site density, considering various risk area and soil quality indicator requirements. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Xavier Morvan, Nicolas Saby, Dominique Arrouays, Christine Le Bas, R.J.A. Jones, et al.. Soil monitoring in Europe: A review of existing systems and requirements for harmonisation. Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 2008, 391, pp.1-12. ⟨10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.10.046⟩. ⟨hal-02664904⟩



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