Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-397-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-397-2016
Review article
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10 Mar 2016
Review article |  | 10 Mar 2016

Soil indicators to assess the effectiveness of restoration strategies in dryland ecosystems

Edoardo A. C. Costantini, Cristina Branquinho, Alice Nunes, Gudrun Schwilch, Ilan Stavi, Alejandro Valdecantos, and Claudio Zucca

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The success of restoration projects relies on a proper understanding of the relationships between soil, plants, hydrology, climate, and land management at different scales, which are particularly complex in drylands. Several soil indicators, which can be used to assess the effectiveness of restoration strategies in dryland ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, are discussed from different viewpoints of pedology, ecology, hydrology, and land management.