Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
SOIL, 5, 239–251, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-239-2019
SOIL, 5, 239–251, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-239-2019

Original research article 02 Sep 2019

Original research article | 02 Sep 2019

Impacts of land use and topography on soil organic carbon in a Mediterranean landscape (north-western Tunisia)

Donia Jendoubi et al.

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This paper is original research done in north-western Tunisia; it presents the impacts of the topography (slope and aspect) and the land use systems in the SOC storage in a Mediterranean area. It provides a soil spectral library, describes the variation of SOC under different conditions, and highlights the positive impact of agroforestry as good management in improving the SOC. Therefore this finding is very important to support decision making and inform sustainable land management in Tunisia.