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Arable and upland NSI erosion resurvey - SP0407

The project will use established statistically-valid methodology to assess both arable and upland erosion extent following the extremely wet autumn and early winter of 2000-1. Results will be compared with erosion under autumn- and spring-sown crops measured over the dry winters of 1995-96 and 1996-97 by NT1014 and with erosion measured on upland field sites in 1999 by SP0402. As climate change models predict increasingly wetter conditions in the UK, the research will provide timely information on the effects of such changes.
Soil erosion also involves the transport of sediment and particulate nutrients and pollutants, notably phosphorus. The proposed project could therefore substantially improve the credibility of estimates and indicators of long-term transfers and losses from land.
Objective 1: To assess erosion extent on both arable and upland field sites.
Objective 2: To relate erosion extent to weather conditions and to cultivation practices by comparing results with those obtained by NT1014 and SP0402.
Objective 3: To use the information collected to estimate potential long-term transfers and losses from agricultural and upland ecosystems as a result of climate change.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Arable and upland NSI erosion resurvey   (128k)
• Final Report - Annex : Arable and upland NSI erosion resurvey   (7414k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £119,604
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Soil Survey and Land Research Centre
Agricultural Land              
Environmental Protection              
Fields of Study
Soil Protection