Pan-European soil erosion risk assessment, The PESERA map

Soil erosion is a natural process, occurring over geologic time, and indeed it is a process that is essential for soil formation. In the context of environmental protection, most concerns about erosion are related to accelerated erosion, where the natural rate has been significantly increased mostly by human activity. Accelerated erosion by running water has been identified as the most severe threat to soil in Europe. Severe erosion is commonly associated with the development of temporary or permanently eroded channels or gullies that can fragment farmland. Such features are often the only visible signs. In a period of rapid change in both climate and land use, and/or in response to revised agricultural policies and international markets, it is very important to be able to assess the state of soil erosion at a European level, using an objective methodology.

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Mike Kirkby
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