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Soil Protection Handbook. Soil Ecology, Stress Factors, Conservation Measures

  • ID: 4471632
  • Book
  • 1200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Didactically written and carefully edited, this two–volume handbook is a prime resource for everyone managing soil and ensuring its sustainable use, for agriculture, construction, recreation and ecosystem conservation.

After a comprehensive introduction to soil and its various functions in agriculture, infrastructure, and ecology, the book systematically addresses soil processes and the external stress factors influencing them, from the local to the global scale. Impacts from soil use by agriculture or construction are discussed, from climate factors, as well as the contamination with pollutants from various sources, for a complete picture of the soil ecosystem and its dynamics. The second volume discusses soil protection measures and the remediation of degraded soils. The complete range of measures and approaches for soil management is addressed, from contemporary urban planning to precision farming methods to the proper cultivation of reclaimed and de–contaminated soils. With its complete coverage, this handbook is a unique resource for anyone tasked with managing soil and ensuring its sustainable use.

Endorsed by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), this handbook is a must–have for everybody with a relation to this important key issue for achieving global sustainability.

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VOLUME 1

PART I: SOIL CHARACTERISTICS AND SOIL FUNCTIONS

Soils as natural bodies

Soils as filters, buffers, and transformers

Modeling of chemicals in soil and in groundwater

Soil water and landscape ecology

Soils as parts of the landscape

Soils as habitats

Soils for agriculture

Soils as paleontological and historical documents

Soils as sources of raw materials

Soils as building and infrastructure construction sites

PART II: SOIL DYNAMICS AND STRESS FACTORS

Soil degradation by construction

Tillage and compaction

Soil erosion

Irrigation and drainage

Managing soil fertility

Pollution and contamination of soils by dusts, acids, metals, pesticides, organic chemicals, cyanides, radionuclides, pathogens and GMOs

Waste deposition

Gas leaks and anthropogenic warming/cooling of soils

Anthropogenic soils

Climate change

VOLUME 2

PART III: SOIL SURVEY AS THE BASIS FOR SOIL PROTECTION

Soil information systems

Soil survey, classification and evaluation

Precision farming

PART IV: PROTECTING SOILS

Legal basis for soil protection

Landscape planning

Urban and industrial planning

Prevention of soil sealing

Prevention of compaction and degradation by tillage

Prevention of erosion

Prevention of pollution and contamination

Education measures to promote soil protection

PART V: REMEDIATION, STABILIZATION, AND RENATURATION OF SOILS

Limiting and reversing soil sealing

Cultivation of reclaimed soils

Renaturation of wetlands

Remediation of compacted soils

Remediation and stabilization of contaminated soils

APPENDIX: UNITS AND ABBREVIATIONS, SUBJECT INDEX
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Hans–Peter Blume
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