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Tommy Dalgaard

Impacts of agricultural climate change adaption options on soil functions: A review of European case studies

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  • Ahmad Hamidov, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF)
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  • Katharina Helming, Faculty of Landscape Management and Nature Conservation University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) Schickler Straße 5
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  • Gianni Bellocchi, UMR INRA-UBP
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  • Waldemar Bojar, Faculty of Management University of Science and Technology Fordońska 430 St.
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  • Tommy Dalgaard
  • Bhim Bahadur Ghaley, University of Copenhagen
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  • Christian Hoffmann, European Academy Bolzano
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  • Ian Holman, Cranfield University, Cranfield
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  • Annelie Holzkämper, Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Reckenholz-Tanikon
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  • Dominika Krzeminska, The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
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  • Sigrun H. Kværnø, The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
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  • Heikki Lehtonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
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  • Georg Niedrist, European Academy Bolzano
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  • Lillian Øygarden, The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
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  • Pytrik Reidsma
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  • Pier Paolo Roggero, Dipartimento di Patologia e Clinica Veterinaria, Universita’ degli Studi di Sassari
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  • Teodor Rusu
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  • Cristina Santos, Centro Alameda del Obispo
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  • Giovanna Seddaiu, Dipartimento di Patologia e Clinica Veterinaria, Universita’ degli Studi di Sassari
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  • Eva Skarbøvik, The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
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  • Domenico Ventrella, CREA-Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l'Analisi dell'Economia Agrari
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  • Jacek Zarski, Faculty of Agriculture and Biotechnology University of Science and Technology Bernardyńska St. 6
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  • Martin Schönhart, Vienna (BOKU)

Soils are vital for supporting food security and other ecosystem services. Climate change can affect soil functions both directly and indirectly. Direct effects include temperature, precipitation, and moisture regime changes. Indirect effects include those that are induced by adaptations such as irrigation, crop rotation changes, and tillage practices. Although extensive knowledge is available on the direct effects, an understanding of the indirect effects of agricultural adaptation options is less complete. A review of 20 agricultural adaptation case-studies across Europe was conducted to assess implications to soil threats and soil functions and the link to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The major findings are as follows: (a) adaptation options reflect local conditions; (b) reduced soil erosion threats and increased soil organic carbon are expected, although compaction may increase in some areas; (c) most adaptation options are anticipated to improve the soil functions of food and biomass production, soil organic carbon storage, and storing, filtering, transforming, and recycling capacities, whereas possible implications for soil biodiversity are largely unknown; and (d) the linkage between soil functions and the SDGs implies improvements to SDG 2 (achieving food security and promoting sustainable agriculture) and SDG 13 (taking action on climate change), whereas the relationship to SDG 15 (using terrestrial ecosystems sustainably) is largely unknown. The conclusion is drawn that agricultural adaptation options, even when focused on increasing yields, have the potential to outweigh the negative direct effects of climate change on soil degradation in many European regions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLand Degradation and Development
Volume29
Issue8
Pages (from-to)2378-2389
Number of pages12
ISSN1085-3278
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Agricultural adaptation, DPSIR, Regional case-studies, Soil degradation, Sustainable Development Goals

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