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LQ2011 recommendations

An international conference on ’Land Quality and Land Use Information in the European Union’ was organised in association with the Hungarian EU presidency in Keszthely (Hungary) in May 2011. The conference was organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Pannonia and the European Commission (Eurostat, DG ENV, JRC), under the auspices of the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development. The conference was supported by the International Union of Soil Sciences. The conference discussed the options to cope with these issues and concluded with five main recommendations addressing future horizons.
Download the Conclusions and Recommendations of LQ2011 Last Update: 30/06/2011
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100 years Bulgarian Soil Science

From 16 – 18 May 2011, scientists from Bulgaria and 22 other countries gathered in the "Nikola Poushkarov" Institute of Soil Science, Sofia to commemorate the achievements of 100 years soil science in Bulgaria and its future development.
Download the Resolution of the International Conference "100 Years Soil Science in Bulgaria" , Nikola Poushkarov Institute of Soil Science. Last Update: 29/06/2011
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Abstract Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of European Society for Soil Conservation.

Editors: Th. Karyotis, D. Gabriels, 2011. Abstract Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of European Society for Soil Conservation, "Innovative Strategies and Policies for Soil Conservation". Thessaloniki 9-14 May 2011. ISBN: 978-960-88296-9-5.
The 6th International Congress of the European Society for Soil Conservation “Innovative Strategies and Policies for Soil Conservation” was organized in Thessaloniki between 9 May and 14 May 2011. After the great success of the 5th ESSC International Congress held in Palermo in June 2007, 200 scientists from over 50 countries have participated in the 6th ESSC Congress.
The Conference was divided in Six (6) sessions:
SESSION 1. Policies and thematic strategies for soil protection
SESSION 2. Forest fires impacts on natural resources and cultural heritage
SESSION 3. Sustainable management of wetlands and drylands
SESSION 4. Soil and water management under global climatic change scenarios
SESSION 5. Conservation and Management of Soil Biodiversity
SESSION 6. Restoration and remediation of degraded lands - Education in soil conservation and public awareness
Download the Proceedings Book: 6th International Congress of European Society for Soil Conservation. (5MB) Last Update: 30/05/2011
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Landslide mapping by textural analysis of Daedalus ATM data.

Hervás, J., Rosin, P.L., 1996. Landslide mapping by textural analysis of Daedalus ATM data. Proc. 11th Thematic Conference on Applied Geologic Remote Sensing, Las Vegas, Nevada, 27-29 February 1996. ERIM, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Vol. 2, pp. 394-402.
In this paper we evaluate two statistical approaches to semi-automated texture enhancement and discrimination for landslide mapping in semi-arid, sedimentary terrain from Daedalus ATM data. A supervised texture discrimination technique is applied, based on calculating similarity between a reference texture spectrum obtained from training samples and spectra from moving image windows. The results are compared with those from interpreting a set of popular texture measures from the literature, derived from grey level co-occurrence matrix statistics
Download the Article: Landslide mapping by textural analysis of Daedalus ATM data. Last Update: 20/05/2010
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Progress in landslide susceptibility mapping over Europe using Tier-based approaches.

Günther, A., Hervás, J., Reichenbach, P., Malet, J.-P., 2010. Progress in landslide susceptibility mapping over Europe using Tier-based approaches. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 12, EGU2010-15275.
The European Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection aims, among other objectives, to ensure a sustainable use of soil. The legal instrument of the strategy, the proposed Framework Directive, suggests identifying priority areas of several soil threats including landslides using a coherent and compatible approach based on the use of common thematic data. In a first stage, this can be achieved through landslide susceptibility mapping using geographically nested, multi-step tiered approaches, where areas identified as of high susceptibility by a first, synoptic-scale Tier ("Tier 1") can then be further assessed and mapped at larger scale by successive Tiers.
Download the Article: Progress in landslide susceptibility mapping over Europe using Tier-based approaches Last Update: 20/05/2010
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Estimate of Peatland Distributuion in Estonia Using an Integrated GIS/RS Approach.

Gardi C, Sommer S, Seep K, Montanarella L. Estimate of Peatland Distributuion in Estonia Using an Integrated GIS/RS Approach. In Conference Proceedings: Proceedings of the 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment,ISBN 978-0-932913-13-5. Madison WI (United States of America): Omni-Press; 2009.
Determination of the spatial extent of peatland is important for the evaluation of soil carbon stocks. At European Level there is a need to provide accurate and updated estimate of the distribution of peatland. Comparison of national data with EU wide land cover mapping shows that there is limited compatibility between the different data sets. The aim of the present study is to test a methodology of standardized mapping and monitoring of peatlands at regional level (national to supra-national bio-climatic regions) based on the enhanced integration of existing thematic maps through GIS analysis in combination with remote sensing, using Estonia as study case.
Download the Article: Estimate of Peatland Distributuion in Estonia Using an Integrated GIS/RS Approach. Last Update: 26/04/2010
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Soil Information and Education for a Sustainable Management: The Soil Atlas of Africa.

Dewitte O, Jones A, Montanarella L. Soil Information and Education for a Sustainable Management: The Soil Atlas of Africa. Oral presentation in: African Soil Science Society 5th International Conference, Yaounde, Cameroon, 22-28 November 2009, Yaounde; 22 November 2009; Yaounde (Cameroon); African Soil Science Society (Organiser). 2009
The richness of African soil resources need to be protected for future generations. A number of threats are affecting the functioning of African soils, not only for the purpose of agricultural production, but also for other important environmental services that soil delivers to all of us. The Soil Atlas of Africa is an international project involving the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, ISRIC, World Soil Information, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Land and Water Development Division) and scientists from the European Soil Bureau Network and the Africa Soil Science Society. The Atlas will compile existing information on different soil types in easily understandable maps (both at national to continental scale) covering the entire Africa.
Download the Article: Soil Information and Education for a Sustainable Management: The Soil Atlas of Africa. Last Update: 26/04/2010
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Landslide susceptibility mapping at 1:1M scale over France: exploratory results with a heuristic model

Malet, J.-P., Thiery, Y., Puissant, A., Hervás, J., Günther, A., Grandjean, G., 2009. Landslide susceptibility mapping at 1:1M scale over France: exploratory results with a heuristic model. In: Malet, J.-P., Remaître, A., Boogard, T. (Eds), Proc. International Conference on Landslide Processes: from Geomorphologic Mapping to Dynamic Modelling, 6 -7 February 2009, Strasbourg, France. CERG Editions, Strasbourg, pp. 315-320.
Download the Article: Landslide susceptibility mapping at 1:1M scale over France: exploratory results with a heuristic model Last Update: 17/11/2009
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Legislation and Policy of European Union concerning Protection of the Environment

Beata Housková - Luca Montanarella.
Contaminated Sites, Bratislava 15-17 June 2009
Protection of the environment belongs to the priorities of European Union's policy. Tools of such policy realisation are Thematic Strategies. Concept of Thematic Strategies has been introduced in the 6th Environment Action Programme of the European Community. This programme is planned to be realised in time period 2002-2012. Strategies are thematic - they cover interested parts of environment and respective threats to human health and environment as a whole or specifically related.
Download the Article: Legislation and Policy of European Union concerning Protection of the Environment Last Update: 17/11/2009
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Geostatistical analysis of surface soil texture from Zala county in western Hungary

K. Adhikari, A. Guadagnini, G. Toth and T. Hermann. Pages 219 - 224
Proceedings of the International Symposium on Environment, Energy and Water in Nepal: Recent Researches and Direction for Future. 31 March - 01 April 2009, Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Soil texture is one of the most important soil properties governing most of the physical, chemical and hydrological properties of soils. Variability in soil texture may contribute to the variation in nutrient storage and availability, water retention and transport and binding and stability of soil aggregates. It can directly or indirectly influence many other soil functions and soil threats such as soil erosion. Geostatistics has been extensively used for quantifying the spatial pattern of soil properties and Kriging techniques are proving sufficiently robust for estimating values at unsampled locations in most of the cases.
Download the Article: Geostatistical analysis of surface soil texture from Zala county in western Hungary Last Update: 16/11/2009
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Introduction of European Soil Portal and Soil Mapping

Panagos, P., Montanarella, L and Van Liedekerke, M. . Pages 95 - 99
Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS9), Symposium on Asia-Centric Soil Informatics .
27 october - 28 October 2009, Seoul, Korea.
The European Soil Portal is the joint contribution of the European Commission and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN) to the building of a thematic spatial data infrastructure for soils. This portal, located at http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu , is the place in which all relevant data and information regarding soils at European level has been collected. It serves also as a vehicle to promote the activities of the European Soil Bureau Network. Spatial data collection and processing within this infrastructure is performed according to emerging ideas behind the INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community. INSPIRE deals, among others, with difficulties to identify, access and use available spatial information in Europe. The European Soil Portal has been considered as a success story of networking different soil information in European level. It is mainly built around the European Soil Database (ESDB), which consists of a number of components of which the Soil Geographical Database of Eurasia (SGDBE) at Scale 1:1,000,000 is one. It is a representation of the diversity and spatial variability of the soil coverage across Europe and its neighbouring countries.
Download the Article: Introduction of European Soil Portal and Soil Mapping Last Update: 3/11/2009
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Soil Protection Activities and Soil Quality Monitoring in South Eastern Europe.

Soil Protection Activities and Soil Quality Monitoring in South Eastern Europe
The Conference corresponds with the 60th anniversary work of Dr. Husnija Resulovic, Prof. Emeritus
June 18 - 19, 2009 , SARAJEVO, BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA
In the last decade soil and soil protection conferences are becoming recognized as an important environmental topics. The number of recent soil thematic conferences reflects the concern of the scientific community to stress the threats and impose adequate measures for soil protection and preservation. There is a common consensus among the scientists that soil truly is a vital natural resource. By connecting air and water soil is providing essential goods and services and as such represents a fundamental part of terrestrial ecosystems. Western Balkans region is characterized by the extreme diversity of geomorphological conditions. Additionally to geology and relief Alpine, Continental and Mediterranean climates are significantly directing the soil formation processes. The Western Balkans region are facing the same threats as in other parts of European continent. Contamination, sealing, salinization, compaction, erosion and land slides are common in the region. This occasion in Sarajevo is a chance to present the status of soil quality, to review the severity of threats the soil is exposed to and exchange the information on soil protection activities in the Western Balkans and some neighboring states.
Download the Abstracts of the Proceedings: Soil Protection Activities and Soil Quality Monitoring in South Eastern Europe. Last Update: 13/08/2009
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Soils, Society & Global Change.

Proceedings of the International Forum Celebrating the Centenary of Conservation and Restoration of Soil and Vegetation in Iceland Edited by Harriet Bigas, Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, Luca Montanarella and Andrés Arnalds.
31 August - 4 September 2007, Selfoss, Iceland.
This book highlights how our ability to manage soils plays an important role in global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity reduction, food and water security, and economic and social progress. It explores policy and legal challenges, knowledge management issues, and the crucial role of soil in the successful implementation of the global environmental conventions. The book concludes with the Programme for Action which includes a number of proactive recommendations on how global policies can be improved to protect soil as a resource.

The context for this book is the 2007 centennial celebrations of organized conservation and restoration of soil and vegetation in Iceland. As Europe's northernmost nation, Iceland historically suffered acute land degradation problems and through a century of perseverance has now become a world leader in soil restoration research and techniques. A number of international partners and world-class experts on a variety of pertinent fields gathered in Selfoss, Iceland to join in an International Forum. This book outlines the groundbreaking ideas developed by these experts to address the global soil problems and innovative ways to address the combined challenges of soil, society and global change.

Download the Proceedings: Soils, Society & Global Change. Last Update: 30/06/2009
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Landslide susceptibility mapping at 1:1M scale over France.

Malet, J.-P., Thiery, Y., Puissant, A., Hervás, J., Guenther, A., Grandjean, G., 2009..
Geophysical Research Abstracts, 11, EGU2009-3274.
Download the abstract: Landslide susceptibility mapping at 1:1M scale over France
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Approaches for Delineating Areas Susceptible to Landslides in the Framework of the European Soil Thematic Strategy.

Günther, A., Reichenbach, P., Hervás, J., 2008.
Proceedings of the First World Landslide Forum, Tokyo, 18-21 November 2008, pp. 235-238.
Download the Paper: Approaches for Delineating Areas Susceptible to Landslides in the Framework of the European Soil Thematic Strategy
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Desertification in Europe (15th International Congress, Budapest, Hungary).

Montanarella, L. and G. Tóth 2008.
15th Congress of the International Soil Conservation Organization. 18-23 May, 2008. Budapest.
Download the Article: Desertification in Europe from the Proceedings Volume Publised by the Geographycal Research Institute, Hungary ISBN 978 963 9545 20 5. Attached is also the Presentation "Desertification in Europe"
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Landslide ground based remote sensing monitoring: Formigal case study (Huesca, Spain).

Herrera, G., Ponce de León, D., Mulas, J., Llorente, M., Hervás, J., Luzi, G., Mecatti, D., Noferini, L., Macaluso, G., Pieraccini, M., Tamburini, A., Federici, P., 2007.
Geophysical Research Abstracts, 9, EGU2007-A-07945.
Download the Abstract: Landslide ground based remote sensing monitoring: Formigal case study (Huesca, Spain).
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Ground Based SAR and Terrestrial Laser Scanner data for the analysis of the Formigal landslide; the GALAHAD project test site in the Spanish Pyrenees.

Herrera, G., Ponce de León, D., Mulas, J., Llorente, M., Hervás, J., Noferini, L., Mecatti, D., Macaluso, G., Tamburini, A., Federici, P., 2007.
7th Geomatics Week, Barcelona, Spain, 20-23 February 2007, CD-ROM, 2 pp.
Download the Article: Ground Based SAR and Terrestrial Laser Scanner data for the analysis of the Formigal landslide; the GALAHAD project test site in the Spanish Pyrenees.
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Towards a common approach for mapping areas susceptible to landslides in Europe.

Hervás, J., Günther, A., Reichenbach, P., Guzzetti, F., Chacón, J., Pasuto, A., Trigila, A., Malet, J.-P., Tagliavini, F., 2008.
Geophysical Research Abstracts, 10, EGU2008-A-12200.
Download the Abstract: Towards a common approach for mapping areas susceptible to landslides in Europe
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The European Soil Information System (EUSIS)

EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU, EUROPEAN COMMISSION , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
This document contains the proceedings of a technical consultation on the soil resources information systems developed in the various countries in the European region and their incorporation in the European Soil Information System (EUSIS). A summary report of technical discussions, conclusions and recommendations and individual country reports are included.
Proceedings of a Technical Consultation, Rome, Italy, 2-3 September 1999
Rome, 2000, © Sponsored by FAO and the European Commission, ISBN 92-5-104454-6
Download the Report: The European Soil Information System
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The European Soil Information System (EUSIS)

EUROPEAN SOIL BUREAU, EUROPEAN COMMISSION , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
This document contains the proceedings of a technical consultation on the soil resources information systems developed in the various countries in the European region and their incorporation in the European Soil Information System (EUSIS). A summary report of technical discussions, conclusions and recommendations and individual country reports are included.
Proceedings of a Technical Consultation, Rome, Italy, 2-3 September 1999
Rome, 2000, © Sponsored by FAO and the European Commission, ISBN 92-5-104454-6
Download the Report: The European Soil Information System
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Monitoring during time of relapses of an incineration plant.

R.M. CENCI, F. SENA, N. FILIPPI, G. UMLAUF, G. LODIGIANI, W. GAULIO, L. MUSMECI, A. BENEDETTI AND R. JONES
The principal purpose of this study is to quantify the baseline or "zero" levels of trace elements prior to the start up of the incineration plant of Parona (Pv)
Proceedings Sardinia 2007, Eleventh International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Italy; 1 - 5 October 2007, © 2007 by CISA, Environmental Sanitary Engineering Centre, Italy
Look for the article: Proceedings, pp 715 - 721, 2007
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Soils, Mosses, Biodiversity and bio-indicators evaluate the state of soils in Pavia Province.

R.M Cenci
Environmental monitoring of landfills sites is important to indirectly assess the corect functioning of waste disposal systems.
Societa Italiana della Scienza del Suolo,
Bari, 21-24 June 2005
Look for the article: Proceedings, pp 467 - 476, 2005
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Soils and Mosses for the monitoring of trace elements in Three landfills.

R.M Cenci, P.R Trincherini, et Al.
Environmental monitoring of landfills sites is important to indirectly assess the corect functioning of waste disposal systems.
SARDINIA 2005, Tenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium,
Sardinia, Italy. 3-7 October 2005
Look for the article: Sardinia 2005 Proceedings
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Use of Mosses and Soils for the monitoring of trace elements in three elements in three landfills, used as urban waste disposal sites.

R.M Cenci, F. Sena, et Al.
Environmental monitoring of landfills sites is important to indirectly assess the corect functioning of waste disposal systems.
SARDINIA 2003, Ninth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium,
Sardinia, Italy. 6- 10 October 2003
Look for the article: Sardinia 2003 Proceedings
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Control of an area at potential risk from incineration plants before their start up and during the operation

R.M Cenci, L. Musmeci, F. Sena, G. Lodigiani, P. Anelli and A. Soresini.
The most wide spread systems employed in waste management are the disposal in landfill and the incineration. It seems to be that incineration is the less dangerous choice.......
SARDINIA 2003, Ninth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium,
Sardinia, Italy. 6-10 October 2003
Look for the article: Sardinia 2003 Proceedings
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Distribution of heavy metals and radio-elements in soils and mosses of an area of rubbish dump of the Appennino Reggiano (Distribuzione di metalli pesanti e radionuclidi in suoli e muschi di un'area di discarica dell' Appennino Reggiano)

R.M Cenci et Al.
La scienza del suolo per l' ambiente (Convegno Nazionale),
Venice, Italy. 12-16 June 2000
Look for the article: Proceedings, pp. 333 - 340, 2000
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Poiatica(RE) Landfill: Evaluation of Heavy metal depositions in the last eight years using indigenous mosses.

R.M Cenci et Al.
Poiatica(RE) Landfill: Evaluation of Heavy metal depositions in the last eight years using indigenous mosses
SIDISA 2000 - International Symposium on Sanitary and Environmental Engineering,
Trento, Italy. 18-23 September 2000.
Look for the article: Proceedings, Vol. 3. pp. 193 - 198, 2000

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