(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Soil degradation by land use change in an agropastoral area in Sardinia (Italy)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ZUCCA C. (1) ; CANU A. (2) ; PREVITALI F. (3) ;
(1) Dep. of Territorial Enginering-Nucleo Ricerca Desertificazione, Univ., Sassari, ITALIE
(2) Inst. of Biometeorology, National Research Council, Sassari, ITALIE
(3) Dep. of Environmental Science, Univ., Milano, ITALIE


In recent decades the clearing of Mediterranean maquis along with the creation of new pastures has been a major factor of land degradation in Sardinia (Italy). Consequently, tillage and water erosion intensified over a wide area. This work assesses the impacts of land use change on soil properties in a representative area of central-eastern Sardinia. Paired forest and pasture sampling sites were selected in relation to present land use, land suitability, and land use history. Different soil properties were considered: physical, chemical, biological, and micromorphological. The comparison of forest and pasture soils showed a significant soil loss (in terms of soil thickness), and a clear decrease in organic carbon storage. An increase in bulk density and a change in microporosity and its vertical distribution were also observed, respectively by field measurements and micromorphological quantification on digital images


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 83, no1 [pp. 46-54]

Bibliographic references : 45 ref.

Collation : 6 fig., 7 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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