Soil Monitoring

Early Detection and Surveying of Soil Contamination and Degradation

  • Rainer Schulin
  • André Desaules
  • Richard Webster
  • Berchtold von Steiger
Conference proceedings

Part of the Monte Verità book series (MV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Rainer Schulin, André Desaules, Richard Webster, Berchtold von Steiger
      Pages 1-4
  3. Objectives, Concepts and Experiences

  4. Contaminant Fluxes and Mass Balances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Papers

      1. J. L. Collett Jr.
        Pages 73-87
      2. William A. Jury
        Pages 105-126
      3. Sjoerd E. A. T. M. van der Zee, Willem Jan P. Bosma, Hans C. L. Meeussen
        Pages 127-140
      4. J. N. Quinton, R. J. Rickson
        Pages 141-156
      5. R. Frossard
        Pages 157-178
    3. Reports

  5. Assessing Soil Contamination

  6. Survey and Data Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Papers

    3. Report

      1. H. Flühler, P. Baccini, R. Webster, R. Schulin
        Pages 349-358
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 359-364

About these proceedings


This volume contains the proceedings of the workshop on "Soil Monitoring: Methods for Early Detection and Surveying of Soil Contamination and Degradation", held at the ETH seminar centre "Stefano Franscini" of Monte Verita, Ascona (Switzerland) from October 18 - 23, 1992. Seventy participants, representing a variety of institutions, nations, and disciplines, discussed the concepts, approaches, status, gaps, problems, and perspectives of soil pollution monitoring. The idea for this workshop came from A. Desaules when he was installing the Swiss National Soil Monitoring Network (NABO) as his doubts about the philosophy of soil monitoring prevailing at that time increased. This philosophy essentially equated soil mo­ nitoring with repetitive surveys of soil pollutant concentrations at pennanent observation sites. He sought others interested in discussing alternatives, and he found a ready partner in the ETH-Institute for Terrestrial Ecology. Soon it was realized that a discussion of the NABO would immediately raise general questions with respect to the conceptual basis of soil monitoring and that a minimum agreement on this basis was indispensable to discuss more specific problems related to the realization of the NABO. As a result, a workshop was organized whose objectives were in particular (i) an assessment of current knowledge on soil monitoring by pennanent networks, (ii) a syn­ thesis of the experience from different disciplines related to soil monitoring, (iii) the identification ofresearch gaps with respect to long-tenn and large-scale soil monitoring, and (iv) the design of a platfonn for the development of soil monitoring strategies and methodology.


contaminants ecology emissions erosion pollution soil soil pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer Schulin
    • 1
  • André Desaules
    • 2
  • Richard Webster
    • 1
  • Berchtold von Steiger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für terrestrische Ökologie, Fachbereich BodenschutzETH - Eidg. Technische HochschuleSchlierenSchweiz
  2. 2.Swiss federal research station for agricultural chemistry and hygiene of environmentLiebefeld-BernSwitzerland

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