Articles | Volume 4, issue 4
Original research article
06 Dec 2018
Original research article |  | 06 Dec 2018

Assessment and quantification of marginal lands for biomass production in Europe using soil-quality indicators

Werner Gerwin, Frank Repmann, Spyridon Galatsidas, Despoina Vlachaki, Nikos Gounaris, Wibke Baumgarten, Christiane Volkmann, Dimitrios Keramitzis, Fotis Kiourtsis, and Dirk Freese


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (01 Nov 2018) by Giacomo Certini
AR by Werner Gerwin on behalf of the Authors (08 Nov 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (11 Nov 2018) by Giacomo Certini
ED: Publish as is (24 Nov 2018) by Lily Pereg (deceased) (Executive editor)
AR by Werner Gerwin on behalf of the Authors (26 Nov 2018)
Short summary
The need for biomass for energetic or material use is increasing parallel to the need to extend the production of food for a growing world population. This results in conflicts between both land use strategies. Use of marginal lands could solve this conflict, however, the understanding of marginal lands and the knowledge of their potentials are still not fully developed. We present an approach to assess land marginality based on soil quality and an estimation of land potentials all over Europe.