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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-1003-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-8-1003-2017
Research article
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28 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 28 Sep 2017

Physical soil quality indicators for monitoring British soils

Ron Corstanje, Theresa G. Mercer, Jane R. Rickson, Lynda K. Deeks, Paul Newell-Price, Ian Holman, Cedric Kechavarsi, and Toby W. Waine

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This research assessed whether physical soil properties can be used to indicate the quality of British soils in terms of their delivery of ecosystem goods and services. A prioritised list of physical soil quality indicators (SQIs) were tested for robustness, spatial and temporal variability, and expected rate of change. Seven SQIs were selected: soil packing density, water retention characteristics, aggregate stability, rate of soil erosion, soil depth, soil structure and soil sealing.