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Upland soil erosion data analysis - SP0406

This research is proposed to continue statistical interpretation of the extensive data obtained in MAFF Project SP0402 on upland soil erosion. Although SP0402 determined the general causes of erosion, further analysis is required to ascertain the respective contributions of different activities, particularly those of humans and grazing animals, to degradation in the uplands.
The project will also extrapolate data on erosion extent and cause from the field sites used in SP0402 to the wider upland area by relating erosion extent and cause to the distribution and extent of upland soil associations. Strategies for the prevention of further erosion and the amelioration of existing degraded ground will then be proposed.
In addition to answering specific questions about the causes and distribution of upland erosion, the results will allow MAFF to develop measures for the remediation and prevention of erosion and is therefore relevant to MAFF policy on environmental protection, particularly on the impacts of landuse on the landscape.
1. To determine the relative contributions of human and animal activities to upland erosion extent by analysis of data from SP0402
2. To map the national distribution of erosion extent and cause within the uplands of England and Wales.
3. To propose effective remedial strategies for erosion mitigation and prevention.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Upland soil erosion data analysis   (111k)
• Final Report - Annex : Upland soil erosion data analysis - Annex   (599k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £30,055
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Soil Survey and Land Research Centre
Agricultural Land              
Environmental Protection              
Fields of Study
Soil Protection