Degradation, Rehabilitation, and Conservation of Soils

Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 314-323

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Relationships between soil and vegetation characteristics of tundra ecosystems and their use to assess soil resilience, degradation, and rehabilitation potentials

  • V. D. Vasil’evskayaAffiliated withFaculty of Soil Science, Moscow State University
  • , V. Ya. Grigor’evAffiliated withFaculty of Soil Science, Moscow State University
  • , E. A. PogozhevaAffiliated withFaculty of Soil Science, Moscow State University

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Definitions of the notions of soil resilience and degradation of the soil-vegetation cover are suggested. These problems are considered with respect to vulnerable tundra ecosystems. The analysis of available experimental data made it possible to obtain empirical equations characterizing the relationships between the plant productivity and the soil properties. These equations can be used to predict the degree of soil degradation under particular types of technogenic loads and the soil and vegetation potential for the natural restoration or artificial rehabilitation of the soil-vegetation cover in tundra ecosystems. The results obtained can be applied for the development of optimal nature management strategies in the areas of oil and gas fields in the north.