Methods for Assessment of Soil Degradation: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Methods for Assessment of Soil Degradation

1st Edition

By Rattan Lal, Winfried E. H. Blum, C. Valentin, B.A. Stewart

CRC Press

576 pages

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Hardback: 9780849374432
pub: 1997-09-26

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Soil degradation has serious global impacts on agronomic, economic, and sociopolitical conditions, however, statistics regarding the degree of these impacts has been largely unreliable. This book aims to standardize the methodology for obtaining reliable and objective data on soil degradation. It will also identify and develop criteria for assessing the severity of soil degradation, providing a realistic scenario of the problem.

Table of Contents


Basic Concepts (Degradation, Resilience, Rehabilitation), R. Lal, W.H. Blum, C. Valentin, and B.A. Stewart


Soil Erosion Processes

Water Erosion, J. Laflen and E. Roose

Wind Erosion, E. Skidmore

Erosion Modeling, C. Rose and G. McTainsh

Physical Degradation

Soil Structure, D. Gabriels and R. Horn

Crusting, C. Valentin

Hard Setting, C. Mullins

Soil Compaction, I. Hakansson and W. Voorhees

Chemical Degradation

Soil Organic Matter and Nutrient Depletion, E. Paul

Acidification, M. Sumner

Salt Buildup, I. Szabolcs

Sodic Soils, P. Rengasamy

Soil Pollution and Contamination, T.J. Logan and B.R. Singh

Acid Sulphate Soil, D. Dent and M.E.F. Van Mensvoort

Mineland Degradation, W. Dick et al.

Biological Degradation

Soil Organic Matter and Biomass Carbon, J. Berthelin


Long-Term Characterization: Monitoring and Modeling, J. Bouma

Scaling and Extrapolation, L.T. West

Remote Sensing and GIS, G.W. Petersen

Mapping Soil Degradation at Different Scales, M.R. Hoosbeek et al.

Revisiting GLASOD Methodology, R. Oldeman

Sociological Approach, H.E. Dregne


Agronomic, R. Lal

Economic, J. Sanders and D. Southgate

Economic Impact of Soil Erosion, P. Crosson

Greenhouse Effect, R. Lal and C. Valentin

Water Quality, G.M. Pierzynski and J.K. Koelliker


Holistic Approach to Combat Soil Degradation, C. Valentin and R. Lal

Research and Development Priorities, R. Lal, W.H. Blum, C. Valentin, and B.A. Stewart


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General