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Handbook of Soil-Related Impact Assessment


This handbook is designed to support researchers in conducting state of the art assessments for evaluating impacts of agricultural soil management. Furthermore, it is addressed to a wider audience to aid understanding and interpretation of published impact assessments results. The handbook has been produced in response to a growing awareness of the fundamental role of soils and of the importance of sustainable soil management for coping with societal challenges such as food security, climate change or biodiversity loss. The handbook is structured to follow the process of conducting impact assessments, starting with a short theoretical background, the setting of system boundaries and the definition of purpose and decision making level, and ending with methods to integrate findings for multiple impact areas into a single assessment. Readers are welcome to either follow this process and go through the handbook from start to finish, or to browse and look up individual chapters that are relevant for them. While the handbook provides a methodical guideline for structuring soil related impact assessments, it does not discuss the various indicators available to measure each impact area. This complex aspect will be addressed in detail in a separate publication. The information presented in the handbook is also available online through the BonaRes Assessment Platform ( This book is the first edition of a living document. Further editions will be published at irregular intervals to accommodate updates and new research generated within the BonaRes project.

Carsten Paul Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Katharina Helming Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Date of publication 2019-08-16
DOI 10.20387/bonares-6djm-e22m
Language English
License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Please cite as:

Paul, C. and Helming, K. (2019). Handbook of Soil-Related Impact Assessment. BonaRes Series. DOI: 10.20387/bonares-6djm-e22m

Paul, C., Helming, K. (2019). Handbook of Soil-Related Impact Assessment. BonaRes Series.

Paul, Carsten, and Katharina Helming. "Handbook of Soil-Related Impact Assessment." BonaRes Series, Aug 2019, doi:10.20387/bonares-6djm-e22m


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