ETC/ULS report published -

space4environment co-authored an ETC/ULS report on the integrated accounting of land cover changes and soil functions


space4environment co-authored an ETC/ULS report on the integrated accounting of land cover changes and soil functions

Map of total balance NUTS3 for all services

The report is the outcome of a study that was executed during the past five years by the EEA and ETC/ULS (space4environment together with colleagues from the University of Malaga and the Environment Agency Austria) with support from EIONET (NRCs land use and spatial planning) and the European Soil Data Centre of DG JRC.

The analysis represents the first attempt to assess land use efficiency at a European scale. Several new data sets relating specifically to soil functions, were published only recently, and this made assessment possible. A key aim of this work was to study land cover changes and their positive or negative impacts on soil functions, and to obtain a disaggregated hotspot analysis and an overall balance of those impacts on soil functions. space4environment was responsible for the overall coordination of the report, the land cover change analysis and the calculation of the balances.