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    Soil Ecosystems Services



    ISBN: 978-0-89118-965-7

     
    Published: December 14, 2015


    * Corresponding author(s): ake@ceh.ac.uk
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doi:10.2136/2015.soilecosystemsservices.2014.0070

Monitoring Soil Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services by Using Large-Scale Survey Data

  1. Aidan M. Keith ,
  2. Robert I. Griffiths,
  3. Peter A. Henrys,
  4. Steve Hughes,
  5. Inma Lebron,
  6. Lindsay C. Maskell,
  7. Stephen M. Ogle,
  8. David A. Robinson,
  9. Ed C. Rowe,
  10. Simon M. Smart,
  11. Dave Spurgeon,
  12. Claire M. Wood and
  13. Bridget A. Emmett
  1. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Ave., Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
    (rig@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Ln., Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BB, UK
    (pehn@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Ave., Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
    (shug@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Rd., Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, UK
    (inmbin@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Rd., Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, UK
    (lcma@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Ave., Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
    Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Campus Delivery 1499, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO, 80523 (stephen.ogle@colostate.edu).
    (davi2@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Rd., Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, UK
    Ed C. Rowe (ecro@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Rd., Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, UK
    Simon M. Smart (ssma@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Ave., Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
    (dasp@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Ln., Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BB, UK
    (clamw@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Ave., Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK
    (bae@ceh.ac.uk), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Rd., Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, UK

Abstract

The monitoring of soil natural capital and ecosystem services (ES) is a vital tool for the sustainable use of soils. Without knowing the status and trajectory of the “health” of our soil ecosystems we are unable to make informed decisions about soil and land management. Long-term and large-scale monitoring programs provide a useful source of data for such purpose. This chapter presents a background to early developments of the National Resources Inventory (NRI) soil monitoring network in the United States and the established Countryside Survey (CS) monitoring program from the United Kingdom. It frames findings from these and several other international monitoring programs in the context of “measuring,” describing how the link between soil variables and ES indicators can be made, and how they can be upscaled; “monitoring,” discussing trends which have been recorded in long-term surveys under the broad groupings of soil organic carbon, physicochemical indicators, soil biodiversity and, contaminants and pollutants; and “modelling,” covering several beneficial uses of monitoring data including integrated analysis and trade-offs. Finally, the benefits and challenges of utilizing data from long-term soil monitoring programs, and the scope for future developments, are briefly summarized.

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