EGU23-4377, updated on 22 Feb 2023
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What is the place for soils in scenario-based ecosystem services approaches ? A systematic review

Ottone Scammacca1,2, Alice Cadero3, Sabina Asins4, Giulia Bondi5, Luboš Borůvka6, Gabriele Buttafuoco7, Costanza Calzolari8, Martina Czuba9, Cecilie Foldal9, Armin Hofbauer9, Liia Kukk10, Erica Lumini11, Eduardo Medina Roldàn8, Kerstin Michel9, Maria José Molina12, Lilian O'Sullivan5, Sylwia Pindral13, Elsa Putku14, Barbara Kitzler9, Christian Walter3, and the Ottone Scammacca*
Ottone Scammacca et al.
  • 1UMR Prodig, CNRS, Université Paris1: Panthéon‐Sorbonne, IRD, AgroParisTech, Aubervilliers, France
  • 2Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, AgroPArisTEch, UMR Ecosys, 91120 Palaiseau
  • 3SAS, INRAE, Institut Agro, Rennes 35042, France
  • 4Department of Environmental Planning, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación-CIDE (CSIC, Universitat de València, Generalitat Valenciana), Carretera de Moncada a Náquera, Km 4.5, 46113 Moncada, Valencia, Spain
  • 5Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme, Wexford, Ireland
  • 6Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, 16500 Prague, Czech Republic
  • 7National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean (CNR-ISAFOM), Via Cavour 4/6, 87036 Rende, Italy
  • 8Institute of BioEconomy - National Research Council (IBE-CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, 50019, Firenze, Italy
  • 9Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW), Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Vienna, Austria
  • 10Department of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi 1, EE51014 Tartu, Estonia
  • 11Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council (CNR), Viale Mattioli 25, 10125 Torino, Italy
  • 12Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación-CIDE (CSIC-UV-GV). Moncada, Valencia
  • 13Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management, Department of Soil Science and Landscape Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Lwowska 1, 87-100, Toruń, Poland
  • 14Soil Monitoring Bureau, Department of Agricultural Research and Monitoring, Agricultural Research Centre, Estonia
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

Prospective studies and scenario-based approaches are pivotal to support land planning, agricultural and environmental management. The integration of soils within such approaches have recently developed significantly, alongside the increasing attention given to soil-related ecosystem services (ES). Such interest is explained by the urgent need to assess how soil ecosystem services and their related threats (ST) (e.g. soil erosion, soil biodiversity loss, soil contamination, soil sealing) may evolve in response to potential changes in climate, production systems or land management. This generally involves describing the dynamics of soil changes over time as a function of different driving forces (e.g., climate change, public policies), but also assessing variations in space considering soil characteristics.

A group of researchers participating in the SERENA project of the EJP Soil program conducted a meta-analysis to study the methods used in existing prospective studies focusing on six soil ES (e.g. biomass production, habitat for biodiversity, hydrological control, environmental pollution control, greenhouse gas and climate regulation, pest and disease control) and ten ST (e.g. soil erosion, soil organic carbon loss, nutrient imbalance, soil acidification, soil contamination, waterlogging, soil compaction, soil sealing, salinization, loss of diversity). Approximately 150 scientific articles referenced in Scopus and the Web of Science were selected in order to analyze how soil properties are considered in scenario-based approaches for ES and ST mapping and assessment.

The objective of this study is to show the results of this  review which involved multiple researchers at the European level in order to highlight how soils are accounted for in ES and ST assessment and mapping exercises through scenario-based approaches. More particularly, the aims of the review are to: i) understand what main drivers are used in scenarization approaches (e.g. land use changes, climate change) and how the scenarios are developed; ii) what are the main soil properties and the associated metrics used to assess and map soil ES and ST, and; iii) what methodological approaches are currently chosen to assess ES and ST changes across time and space.

The outcomes of such an analysis would help highlighting the state of the art of soil ES and ST research at the European level and, therefore, establish milestones to guide future trajectories in the field.

This might support and encourage the harmonization of practices at the European level in ES-related studies and in scenarization practices, in order to create operational and homogeneous tools and frameworks to support the development of pertinent strategies and land-planning policies, with a specific focus on agricultural lands.

Ottone Scammacca:

Full list of the team members that contributed to the study (in alphabetical order): Asins Sabina, Bondi Giulia, Borůvka Luboš, Buttafuoco Gabriele, Alice Cadero, Costanza Calzolari, Martina Czuba, Cecilie Foldal, Armin Hofbauer, Barbara Kitzler, Liia Kukk, Erica Lumini, Eduardo Medina-Roldán, Kerstin Michel, Maria José Molina, David Montagne, Lilian O'Sullivan, Sylwia Pindral, Elsa Putku, Ottone Scammacca, Christian Walter

How to cite: Scammacca, O., Cadero, A., Asins, S., Bondi, G., Borůvka, L., Buttafuoco, G., Calzolari, C., Czuba, M., Foldal, C., Hofbauer, A., Kukk, L., Lumini, E., Medina Roldàn, E., Michel, K., Molina, M. J., O'Sullivan, L., Pindral, S., Putku, E., Kitzler, B., and Walter, C. and the Ottone Scammacca: What is the place for soils in scenario-based ecosystem services approaches ? A systematic review, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-4377,, 2023.