Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
SOIL, 5, 289–301, 2019
SOIL, 5, 289–301, 2019

Original research article 07 Oct 2019

Original research article | 07 Oct 2019

Development of a harmonised soil profile analytical database for Europe: a resource for supporting regional soil management

Jeppe Aagaard Kristensen et al.

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In a world of increasing pressure on our environment, large-scale knowledge about our soil resources is in high demand. We show how five decades of collaboration between EU member states resulted in a full-coverage soil profile analytical database for Europe (SPADE), with soil data provided by soil experts from each country. We show how the dataset can be applied to estimate soil organic carbon in Europe and suggest further improvement to this critical support tool in continental-scale policies.