As the worldas population continues to expand, maintaining and indeed increasing agricultural productivity is more important than ever, though it is also more difficult than ever in the face of changing weather patterns that in some cases are leading to aridity and desertification. The absence of scientific soil inventories, especially in arid areas, leads to mistaken decisions about soil use that, in the end, reduce a regionas capacity to feed its population, or to guarantee a clean water supply. Greater efficiency in soil use is possible when these resources are properly classified using international standards. Focusing on arid regions, this volume details soil classification from many countries. It is only once this information is properly assimilated by policymakers it becomes a foundation for informed decisions in land use planning for rational and sustainable uses.Geoderma 117:99a115 Hay GJ, Marceau DJ, Bouchard A (2002) Modeling multi- scale landscape structure within a ... National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln Soil Survey Division Staff (1993) Soil survey manual, Agricultural handbook 18.
|Title||:||Developments in Soil Classification, Land Use Planning and Policy Implications|
|Author||:||Shabbir A. Shahid, Faisal K. Taha, Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-02-15|