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Soil mapping and modelling for sustainable land use management
Convener: Paulo Pereira  | Co-Conveners: Eric C. Brevik , Lorena M. Zavala , Antonio Jordán , Miriam Muñoz-Rojas 
 / Fri, 17 Apr, 10:30–12:15
 / Attendance Fri, 17 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Soil maps and modelling techniques are fundamental to understand landscape spatial and temporal processes. Spatial data representation facilitates data interpretation and gives a synthesis of complex processes, contributing to a better comprehension of natural dynamics. Thus, how we can use soil maps for better sustainable land use planning appears to be a fundamental question. Nowadays due to intensive soil practices and land use change (e.g intensive agriculture, use of fertilizers, urban sprawl, and pollution) there is increased risk of soil degradation (e.g erosion, nutrient depletion) with negative implications on ecosystems sustainability and services. Soil maps can contribute to reduce the risk of intensive uses in vulnerable areas, but also contribute to the recuperation of areas highly affected by human impacts or natural hazards (e.g. floods, landslides, fires). The spatial understanding of soil variables is crucial to prevent or mitigate the effects of such events. This session aims to bring together studies focused on temporal and spatial soil mapping, modelling and land use, which contributes to sustainable land use management. This session is linked to a short course proposed to the EGU assembly “Short course on soil mapping methods”.