Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 3191–3195 | Cite as

SoilTrEC: a global initiative on critical zone research and integration

  • Manoj Menon
  • Svetla Rousseva
  • Nikolaos P. Nikolaidis
  • Pauline van Gaans
  • Panos Panagos
  • Danielle Maia de Souza
  • Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
  • Georg J. Lair
  • Liping Weng
  • Jaap Bloem
  • Pavel Kram
  • Martin Novak
  • Brynhildur Davidsdottir
  • Gudrun Gisladottir
  • David A. Robinson
  • Brian Reynolds
  • Tim White
  • Lars Lundin
  • Bin Zhang
  • Christopher Duffy
  • Stefano M. Bernasconi
  • Peter de Ruiter
  • Winfried E. H. Blum
  • Steven A. Banwart
Research and Education Highlights

Abstract

Soil is a complex natural resource that is considered non-renewable in policy frameworks, and it plays a key role in maintaining a variety of ecosystem services (ES) and life-sustaining material cycles within the Earth's Critical Zone (CZ). However, currently, the ability of soil to deliver these services is being drastically reduced in many locations, and global loss of soil ecosystem services is estimated to increase each year as a result of many different threats, such as erosion and soil carbon loss. The European Union Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection alerts policy makers of the need to protect soil and proposes measures to mitigate soil degradation. In this context, the European Commission-funded research project on Soil Transformations in European Catchments (SoilTrEC) aims to quantify the processes that deliver soil ecosystem services in the Earth's Critical Zone and to quantify the impacts of environmental change on key soil functions. This is achieved by integrating the research results into decision-support tools and applying methods of economic valuation to soil ecosystem services. In this paper, we provide an overview of the SoilTrEC project, its organization, partnerships and implementation.

Keywords

Critical Zone Ecosystem services Soil processes Integrated modelling Thematic strategy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manoj Menon
    • 1
  • Svetla Rousseva
    • 2
  • Nikolaos P. Nikolaidis
    • 3
  • Pauline van Gaans
    • 4
  • Panos Panagos
    • 5
  • Danielle Maia de Souza
    • 5
  • Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
    • 6
  • Georg J. Lair
    • 7
  • Liping Weng
    • 8
  • Jaap Bloem
    • 8
  • Pavel Kram
    • 9
  • Martin Novak
    • 9
  • Brynhildur Davidsdottir
    • 6
  • Gudrun Gisladottir
    • 6
  • David A. Robinson
    • 10
  • Brian Reynolds
    • 10
  • Tim White
    • 11
  • Lars Lundin
    • 12
  • Bin Zhang
    • 13
  • Christopher Duffy
    • 11
  • Stefano M. Bernasconi
    • 14
  • Peter de Ruiter
    • 8
  • Winfried E. H. Blum
    • 7
  • Steven A. Banwart
    • 1
  1. 1.Kroto Research InstituteUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Soil Erosion DepartmentInstitute of Soil ScienceSofiaBulgaria
  3. 3.Department of Environmental EngineeringTechnical University of CreteChaniaGreece
  4. 4.DeltaresUtrechtThe Netherlands
  5. 5.European Commission, Joint Research CentreInstitute for Environment and SustainabilityVareseItaly
  6. 6.Institutes of Earth Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, and Sustainable DevelopmentUniversity of IcelandReykjavik 101Iceland
  7. 7.University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)ViennaAustria
  8. 8.Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  9. 9.Department of Environmental Geochemistry and BiogeochemistryCzech Geological SurveyPrague 1Czech Republic
  10. 10.NERC Centre for Ecology & HydrologyEnvironment Centre WalesBangor GwyneddUK
  11. 11.Earth and Environmental Systems InstituteThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  12. 12.Department of Aquatic Sciences and AssessmentSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden
  13. 13.Department of Soil Science, Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional PlanningChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingChina
  14. 14.Geological InstituteETHZurichSwitzerland

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