Soil indicators to assess the effectiveness of restoration strategies in dryland ecosystems

Costantini, Edoardo A. C.; Branquinho, Cristina; Nunes, Alice; Schwilch, Gudrun; Stavi, Ilan; Valdecantos, Alejandro; Zucca, Claudio (2016). Soil indicators to assess the effectiveness of restoration strategies in dryland ecosystems. Solid Earth, 7(2), pp. 397-414. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/se-7-397-2016

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Soil indicators may be used for assessing both land suitability for restoration and the effectiveness of restoration strategies in restoring ecosystem functioning and services. In this review paper, several soil indicators, which can be used to assess the effectiveness of ecological restoration strategies in dryland ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, are discussed. The selected indicators represent the different viewpoints of pedology, ecology, hydrology, and land management. Two overall outcomes stem from the review. (i) The success of restoration projects relies on a proper understanding of their ecology, namely the relationships between soil, plants, hydrology, climate, and land management at different scales, which are particularly complex due to the heterogeneous pattern of ecosystems functioning in drylands. (ii) The selection of the most suitable soil indicators follows a clear identification of the different and sometimes competing ecosystem services that the project is aimed at restoring.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
UniBE Contributor: Schwilch, Gudrun
ISSN: 1869-9510
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Projects: [427] World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies Official URL
[423] Catastrophic shifts in drylands Official URL
Language: English
Submitter: Stephan Schmidt
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 15:19
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 15:19
Publisher DOI: 10.5194/se-7-397-2016
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.81847

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