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Soil management practices and land degradation in Mediterranean slopes

Soil management practices in agriculture have strong impacts on the environment, for example through the construction of terraces, land levelling works and deep tillage on slopes. Cultivation causes important effects in the soil system, influencing its physical, hydrological, chemical and biological properties through different soil management techniques.
Moreover, land degradation (e.g. soil erosion, shallow landslides) triggered by intense rainfall events frequently affect crops in sloping terrain, creating severe economic damages. These processes, exacerbated by the current soil management practices, are particularly relevant in semi-arid zones such as the agricultural areas (e.g. olive grove and vineyards) under Mediterranean climatic conditions.
This session will present the most recent scientific research on the interactions between land degradation (e.g. soil erosion and shallow landslide) and soil management practices in Mediterranean sloping areas covering a wide spectrum of technologies, from field and laboratory measurements to remote sensing techniques, modelling approaches and mitigation measures. The main objective is to create synergy among scientists of different expertise and skill to discuss about traditional and innovative methodological approaches to assess land degradation in agricultural contexts.
For this session we encourage contributions from diverse fields, including:
• proximal and remote sensing for measurement and monitoring the effects of soil management practices,
• model implementation, parameterisation, uncertainties,
• simulation of the effects of soil management changes and climate changes.
Contributions concerning mitigation measures that may help farmers and policy makers are also welcome.

Co-organized by
Convener: Claudia Meisina | Co-conveners: Jantiene Baartman, Filippo Catani, Mihai Niculita, Paolo Tarolli