Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth

Critical Load

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_136

The limit beyond which a particular chemical input becomes permanently damaging to a soil or ecosystem. A threshold beyond which damage becomes irreversible. First applied to the problem of acid rain, but since applied to the loading of any pollutants on soils, waters and landscapes in general (Bashkin, 1997).


  1. Bashkin, V.N., 1997. The critical load concept for emission abatement strategies in Europe: a review. Environ. Conserv., 24: 5–13.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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