• 24.04.2018
  • Press release
  • Swiss National Science Foundation

Switzerland needs nationwide soil mapping

Landnutzungsklassen für landwirtschaftlich genutzte Flächen im Schweizer Mittelland von 2000 bis 2015
Image: Armin Keller, Agroscope
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Landnutzungsklassen für landwirtschaftlich genutzte Flächen im Schweizer Mittelland von 2000 bis 2015
Landnutzungsklassen für landwirtschaftlich genutzte Flächen im Schweizer Mittelland von 2000 bis 2015 (Image: Armin Keller, Agroscope)

To use soil sustainably calls for detailed information about its properties. However, this is lacking for large areas of Switzerland. The National Research Programme “Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource” (NRP 68) is proposing a “Swiss soil information platform” and showing how soil mapping can be expedited by using digital methods.

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Soil index points make it possible to control the use of high-quality soil by settlement developments.
  • 04.05.2018
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Press release

Maintaining valuable soils

Each year almost one thousand hectares of cultivated land continue to be lost, thereby wiping out numerous services delivered by the soil, such as filtering water and storing carbon, which are central for our society’s wellbeing. The National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" (NRP 68) is suggesting ways in which spatial planning can be structured so that this loss remains as small as possible. First and foremost, soil quality should play a larger role in spatial planning decision-making.
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