Considerable amounts of soil can be removed fromthe field due to soil sticking to the harvested roots. Soil Loss due to Crop Harvesting (SLCH) is defined as the loss (or export) of top soil from arable land during harvesting of crops such as potato, sugar beet, carrot or chicory roots. We performed a research study to scale up the findings of past studies, carried out at plot, regional, and national level, in order to obtain some preliminary insights into the magnitude of soil loss from cropland due to sugar beets and potatoes harvesting in Europe. We address this issue at European Union (EU) scale taking into account longterm (1975–2016) crop statistics of sugar beet and potato aggregated at regional and country levels.
Four Shape files are available for download (corresponding to the 4 figures of the publication):
Spatial Coverage: 28 Member States of European UnionResolution: NUTS2Time Reference: 3 periods 2000-2016, 1987-99, 1975-86Format: Shape files and excel filesProjection: Lambert_Azimuthal_Equal_AreaInput data: Statistical data for crop harvesting in the European Union (Origin: Eurostat)More Information: Soil loss due to crop harvesting in the European Union Release Date: 13/02/2019
The methodology and the results of this study are explained in the recent published paper.
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Panagos, P., Borrelli, P., Poesen, J., 2019. Soil loss due to crop harvesting in the European Union: A first estimation of an underrated geomorphic process. Science of The Total Environment. 664: 487-498. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.009.