iSQAPER project

Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience
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Increasingly, soil is recognized as a non-renewable resource because, once degraded, the restoration of its productivity is an extremely slow process. 
Given importance of these soils for crop and livestock production as well as for providing wider ecosystem services for the benefit of local and global societies, maintaining the land in good condition is of vital importance. 
To manage the use of agricultural soils well, decision-makers need science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to assess soil quality and function.
The iSQAPER initiative therefore aims to:

  • Integrate existing soil quality related information 
  • Synthesize the evidence for agricultural management effects of long-term field trials across Europe and China
  • Derive and identify innovative soil quality indicators that can be integrated into an easy-to-use interactive soil quality assessment tool
  • Develop, with input from a variety of stakeholders, a multilingual Soil Quality Application (SQAPP) for in-field soil quality assessment
  • Test, refine, and roll out the SQAPP across Europe and China and use a trans-disciplinary, multi-actor approach to validate and support the SQAP

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This project has received funding from:

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the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research & innovation under grant agreement no 63570

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Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. Contract: 15.0170-1