Methods for Assessment of Soil Degradation / Edition 1

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Soil degradation has serious global impacts on agronomic, economic, and sociopolitical conditions, however, statistics regarding the degree of these impacts has been largely unreliable. This book aims to standardize the methodology for obtaining reliable and objective data on soil degradation. It will also identify and develop criteria for assessing the severity of soil degradation, providing a realistic scenario of the problem.

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Soil degradation has global impacts on agronomic, economic, and sociopolitical conditions; but statistics regarding the degree of these impacts have been largely unreliable. Here, 30 contributions explain predominant soil degradative processes for agricultural, urban, industrial, and military land uses; describe methods of evaluating soil degradation; identify research priorities in developing methods of evaluation in relation to ecologic and economic impacts and various land uses; and describe scaling procedures of data extrapolation across temporal and spatial scales. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849374432
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/26/1997
  • Series: Advances in Soil Science Series, #9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Basic Concepts (Degradation, Resilience, Rehabilitation), R. Lal, W.H. Blum, C. Valentin, and B.A. Stewart
Soil Erosion Processes
Water Erosion, J. Laflen and E. Roose
Wind Erosion, E. Skidmore
Erosion Modeling, C. Rose and G. McTainsh
Physical Degradation
Soil Structure, D. Gabriels and R. Horn
Crusting, C. Valentin
Hard Setting, C. Mullins
Soil Compaction, I. Hakansson and W. Voorhees
Chemical Degradation
Soil Organic Matter and Nutrient Depletion, E. Paul
Acidification, M. Sumner
Salt Buildup, I. Szabolcs
Sodic Soils, P. Rengasamy
Soil Pollution and Contamination, T.J. Logan and B.R. Singh
Acid Sulphate Soil, D. Dent and M.E.F. Van Mensvoort
Mineland Degradation, W. Dick et al.
Biological Degradation
Soil Organic Matter and Biomass Carbon, J. Berthelin
Long-Term Characterization: Monitoring and Modeling, J. Bouma
Scaling and Extrapolation, L.T. West
Remote Sensing and GIS, G.W. Petersen
Mapping Soil Degradation at Different Scales, M.R. Hoosbeek et al.
Revisiting GLASOD Methodology, R. Oldeman
Sociological Approach, H.E. Dregne
Agronomic, R. Lal
Economic, J. Sanders and D. Southgate
Economic Impact of Soil Erosion, P. Crosson
Greenhouse Effect, R. Lal and C. Valentin
Water Quality, G.M. Pierzynski and J.K. Koelliker
Holistic Approach to Combat Soil Degradation, C. Valentin and R. Lal
Research and Development Priorities, R. Lal, W.H. Blum, C. Valentin, and B.A. Stewart

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