Common criteria and approaches to identify risk areas for the threats Soil Organic Matter (SOM) Decline, Soil Erosion, Soil Compaction, Salinization and Landslides

Overview of common criteria and approaches to identify risk areas for the threats Soil Organic Matter (SOM) Decline, Soil Erosion, Soil Compaction, Salinization and Landslides. Soil inventory experts within the European Soil Bureau Network, joined the Soil Information Working Group (SIWG) to provide scientific and technical support to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC Ispra) for the identification of areas at risk from these threats. For each threat, definitions, methods of inventory and data requirements are provided. Most of the criteria and approaches presented are put forward for open debate to aid national decision making and to establish what is regionally valid depending on data availability. This report should provide a basis for cross-border comparisons and be a catalyst for the development of more detailed definitions and procedures for elaboration and testing of risk area delineation