The JRC ESDAC contributed in 2015 EEA's SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 with the European briefings on Soil ( Published 18 Feb 2015)
This briefing is introduced with the following:
The ability of soil to deliver ecosystem services — in terms of food production, as biodiversity pools and as a regulator of gasses, water and nutrients — is under increasing pressure. Observed rates of soil sealing, erosion, contamination and decline in organic matter all reduce soil capability. Organic carbon stocks in agricultural soil may have been overestimated by 25%. A coherent soil policy at EU level would provide the framework to coordinate efforts to survey soil status adequately.
The report then sets the context, describes some key trends and outlines the prospects.