Monitoring soil condition across Australia: recommendations from the expert panels

McTainsh, Grant and Leys, John and Carter, Dan and Butler, Harry and McCord, Andy and Wain, Alan (2006) Monitoring soil condition across Australia: recommendations from the expert panels. Technical Report. National Committee on Soil and Terrain for the National Land and Water Resources Audit , Canberra, Australia. [Report]

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This report recommends a range of protocols and actions required by a number of agencies that will ensure the successful long-term monitoring of soil condition across
Australia. The four priority processes which potentially have a major impact on the welfare of the Australian population are wind erosion, water erosion, soil acidification, and soil organic carbon change.
These processes are difficult to monitor because they usually affect large areas and are either irregular or progress very slowly. The monitoring protocols released in 2003 did not adequately address these difficulties.
The Expert Panels identified a range of factors which require attention.
• The current institutional framework within Australia is unsuited to long-term monitoring and a long-term mandate is required.
• The biggest advances in monitoring soil condition are likely to come from improved data for modeling.
• There are dual objectives for monitoring: local monitoring for project management and accountability, and broader monitoring for the purpose of managing the national soil resource base. These two objectives often demand
different approaches.
Recommendations specific to each of the four processes appear in the appropriate chapters.

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Additional Information: Deposited with permisison of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:16
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 02:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: soil condition; wind; erosion; Australia
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050302 Land Capability and Soil Degradation
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961499 Soils not elsewhere classified

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