This website contains the main scientific results of the iSQAPER project, as presented in the project deliverables. Deliverables are being written and added to the website throughout the period of the project until it ends in April 2020. Here is the current status of the content.
Available, but currently restricted to project partners only:
SQAPP: »Designing SQAPP the soil quality assessment tool
Assessment: »Visual soil assessment;
Indicators: »Pedoclimatic Zones of Europe; »Pedoclimatic zones of China; »Crop & livestock systems; »Spatial analysis of climate, soil & crop types
Multi-actor approach: »Grounding sustainability
Ecosystem services: »Effect of farming on soil quality
Good soil quality is of fundamental importance to both local and global food production and to ecosystem resilience. Agricultural soils world-wide are subject to threats and pressures including: increasing demand for food and biofuels, changing diets, land degradation and associated productivity decline, all made worse by climate change. Reliable knowledge and data help land users assess their soils and make well-informed decisions about its use. When information on alternative land use practices is easily available, it supports farmers in improving their land management.
Booklets, factsheets and video clips provide information about soil quality in succinct and easy to read formats.
Innovative methods to assess soil quality in different pedo-climatic zones, integrating soil science, agricultural and lanl management practices.
An app for mobile devices anywhere in the world, providing location-specific soil quality information and sustainable land use management options
The app will be developed, tested and improved by farmers, scientists, practitioners, agricultural service providers and policy makers.
Information about the environmental footprint of farming activities, options for sustainable land use and the effects of widespread adoption of sustainable land practices generated from existing databases and shared among farmers, scientists, reional and national policy makers.