Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. A. Taylor, W. H. Blake, A. R. Iurian, G. E. Millward, L. Mabit
    Pages 1-13 Open Access
  3. W. H. Blake, A. Taylor, A. Toloza, L. Mabit
    Pages 15-27 Open Access
  4. A. R. Iurian, G. E. Millward
    Pages 29-44 Open Access
  5. W. H. Blake, A. Taylor, A. R. Iurian, G. E. Millward, L. Mabit
    Pages 45-59 Open Access

About this book


This open access book is the first comprehensive guideline for the beryllium-7 (Be-7) technique that can be applied to evaluate short-term patterns and budgets of soil redistribution in agricultural landscapes. While covering the fundamental and basic concepts of the approach, this book distinguishes itself from other publications by offering step-by-step instructions on how to use this isotopic technique effectively. It covers experimental design considerations and clear instruction is given on data processing. As accurate laboratory measurement is crucial to ensure successful use of Be-7 to investigate soil erosion, a full chapter is devoted to its specific determination by gamma spectrometry. This open access contribution further describes new developments in the Be-7 technique and includes a concluding chapter highlighting its potential benefits to support the implementation of area-wide soil conservation policy.


Land Degradation Soil Loss Sedimentation Soil Conservation Climate Change Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Lionel Mabit
    • 1
  • William Blake
    • 2
  1. 1.Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition SubprogrammeJoint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, International Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria
  2. 2.School of Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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