Soil Resources of Europe, second edition


By Robert J.A. Jones, Beata Houšková, Peter Bullock and Luca Montanarella (eds)

This volume provides the most comprehensive summary yet attempted of the current position regarding the detail and availability of soil information, particularly spatial data, at national and European levels. The first comprehensive summary of base-line soil resource data in Europe emerged from a meeting of the Heads of European Soil Surveys and Soil Data Centres, held at Silsoe in 1989 (EUR 13340 EN). A second meeting of this group took place in Orleans in December 1994 (EUR 16371 EN). The first edition of the Soil Resources of Europe (EUR 18991 EN) summarises the status of soil survey, the application of soil information and extent of monitoring activities across Europe, based on papers presented at the European Soil Bureau Advisory Committee meeting held in Silsoe 21-22 April 1998.

This second edition of the Soil Resources of Europe incorporates chapters on all the EU Member States, including those that joined the Union in May 2004, current Candidate Countries and a number of Neighbouring Countries that have close relations with the EU. It includes a contribution on the recent activities of the European Soil Bureau Network, sponsored by the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre, and a summary of the current position of soil survey, soil monitoring and soil information management in Europe. Its appearance is timely as an invaluable source of reference to underpin the ongoing Soil Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection initiated recently by the European Commission.

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  4. Land Information Systems: Developments for planning the sustainable use of land resources. H.J. Heineke, W. Eckelmann, A.J. Thomasson, R.J.A. Jones, L. Montanarella and B. Buckley (eds). EUR 17729 EN 546pp. (1998). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg.
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  7. Soil Classification 2001. Erika Micheli, Freddy O. Nachtergaele, Robert J.A. Jones and Luca Montanarella. EUR 20398 EN, 248pp. (2002). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg.
  8. Soil Geographical Database fro Eurasia and the Mediterranean: Instructions guide for elaboration at scale 1:1,000,000. Version 4.0. J.J. Lambert, J. Daroussin, M. Eimberck, C. Le Bas, M. Jamagne, D. King and L. Montanarella. EUR 20422 EN, 64pp. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg.
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Cover page
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Title Pages, Preface and Editors note
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Table of Contents
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Section 1: European Perspectives
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The European Soil Bureau Network by L. Montanarella, R.J.A.Jones and Jean Dusart
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Soil Resources of Europe – An Overview by P. Bullock, R.J.A. Jones, B. Houšková and L. Montanarella
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Section 2: Country Reports
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Soil Survey in Albania by Pandi Zdruli
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Soil Survey and Soil Data in Austria by W.E.H. Blum, M.Englisch, A. Freudenschuß, P. Nelhiebl, H. Pock, W. Schneider, S. Schwarz, J. Wagner and M. Wandl
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Soil Survey in Belgium and its Applications by R. Dudal, J. Deckers, J. Van Orshoven and E. Van Ranst
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An overview of general Land and Soil Water conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina by H. Custovic
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Soil Survey and Soil Mapping in Bulgaria by I. Kolchakov, S. Rousseva, B. Georgiev and D. Stoychev
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Soil Resources of Croatia by H. Bašic
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Soil Survey and Monitoring in Cyprus by C. Hadjiparaskevas
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Status of Soil Surveys, Inventory and Soil Monitoring in the Czech Republic by J. Nemecek and J. Kozák
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Soil Mapping in Denmark M.H. Greve and H. Breuning-Madsen
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Soil information and its application in Estonia by L. Reintam, I. Rooma, A Kull and R. Kőlli
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Status of Soil Mapping in Finland by J. Sippola and M. Yli-Halla
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Soil Mapping and Soil Monitoring: State of Progress and Use in France by D. King, P.Stengel, M. Jamagne, C. Le Bas and D. Arrouays
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Soil Information for Germany: the 2004 Position by W. Eckelmann
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Soil Survey in Greece by N. Yassoglou
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Soil Survey and Soil Monitoring in Hungary by G. Várallyay
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Soil Survey and Databases in Iceland by O. Arnalds
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Application of Soils Data to Land Use and Environmental Problems in Ireland by J. Lee and B.Coulter
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Soil Mapping and Soil Monitoring: Strate of Progress and Use in Italy by N. Filippi anf Regional Staff
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Soil Information in Latvia by A. Karklins
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Soil Survey and available soil data in Lithuania by V.V. Buivydaite
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Soils of the Republic of Macedonia: Present situation and future prospects by T. Mitkova and J. Mitrikeski
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Soil Survey and Soil Mapping in the Maltese Islands: the 2003 position by J.S. Vella
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Development and Perspective of Soil Survey in the Netherlands by B.J.A. van der Pouw and P.A. Finke
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Soil Survey in Norway by A.H. Arnoldussen
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Soil Survey, Soil Monitoring and Soil Databases in Poland by S. Bialousz, J. Marcinek, T. Stuczynski and R. Turski
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Progress of Soil Survey in Portugal by M.C. Gonçalves, L.C.L. Reis and M.V. Pereira
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Status of Soil Mapping, Monitoring and Database compilation in Romania at the beginning of the 21st century by I Minteanu, M. Dimitru, N. Florea, A Canarache, R. Lacatusu, V. Vlad, C. Simota, C. Ciobanu and C. Rosu
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The Status of Soil Surveys in Serbia by N. Protic, L. Martinovic, B. Milicic, D. Stoanovic and M. Mojavesic
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Soil Survey and Managing of Soil data in Slovakia by P.Bielek, J. Curlík, E. Fulajtár, B. Houšková, B. Ilavská and J. Kobza
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Soil Information and Soil data use in Slovenia by B. Vršcaj, T. Prus and F Lobnik
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Collection of Soil Information in Spain by J.J. Ibáńez, J. Sánchez Díaz, S. de Alba, M. López Árias and J. Boixadera
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Soil Survey in Sweden by M. Olsson
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Soil Survey in Switzerland by L-F. Bonnard
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Soil Survey and and Soil Database in Turkey by U. Dinç, S. Senol, C. Cangi, A. O. Dinç, E. Akça, M. Dingil, E. Oztekin, B. Kapur and S. Kapur
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Soil Survey and Its Application in the United Kingdom: An Overview by T.R.E. Thompson, R.I. Bradley, J.M. Hollis, P.H. Bellamy and M.J.D. Dufour
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Section 3: Conclusions
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Soil Information – Uses and Needs In Europe by Peter Bullock & Luca Montanarella
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Back cover
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For a printed copy of the book and more information please contact:

Dr Luca Montanarella or Dr Senthil-Kumar Sevaradjou
European Soil Bureau Network
TP 280, Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Joint Research Centre
Ispra (VA) 21020 ITALY
Fax: +39 0332 786 394

E-mail: luca.montanarella@jrc.ec.europa.eu; senthil.selvaradjou@jrc.ec.europa.eu

Further contacts:

Dr R J A Jones or Professor Mark Kibblewhite
National Soil Resources Institute
Cranfield University
Silsoe Bedfordshire MK45 4DT UK
Fax: +44 1525 863 253

E-mail: r.jones@cranfield.ac.uk; m.kibblewhite@cranfield.ac.uk

To view 'Soil Resources of Europe, second edition' over the Internet: http://eusoils.jrc.it