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Scientists developed a system that can predict missing data by taking into account soil and air dynamics. Photo: Beyond My Ken CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalBeyond My Ken CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Artificial intelligence accurately measures soil evapotranspiration

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have used artificial intelligence to predict missing data. Algorithm reduces margin of error compared to traditional measurements
In the state of Assan in northeastern India, erosion affects nearly 300 square kilometers of topsoil, or 31 percent of the total. Photo: Akarsh Simha CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericPhoto: Akarsh Simha CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

In India, 30 percent of the soil is at risk of erosion

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A study illustrates for the first time the extent of the phenomenon in India. For 3 percent of the area, the situation is defined as "catastrophic" according to the new classification
When they ecosystems do not have enough time to recover before another drought or fire they may suffer permanent damage. Photo: Russ Allison Loar CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericPhoto: Russ Allison Loar CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Drought alters post-fire recovery in the U.S.

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NASA satellite data reveal how drought has hampered recovery from wildfires in the western United States, resulting in the risk of creating permanent soil damage
Degradation of peatlands generates 5% of anthropogenic emissions. Photo: Pixabay, Pixabay LicencePixabay, Pixabay Licence

Drainage channels in peatlands produce significant emissions

In Southeast Asian peatlands, man-made channels to drain soil contribute to carbon leakage into the atmosphere, research says
PREPSOIL promuove la nascita di una biblioteca online sulla salute del suolo. Immagine:  PREPSOIL

Prepsoil is creating an online library on soil health

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The Knowledge Hub is an initiative implemented as part of the European Prepsoil project with the goal of building a multilingual online library to aggregate soil knowledge by engaging the communityby
Subsidence, or the lowering of the land surface due to the removal of material from underground, impacts 25 percent of the Planet's population. Photo: David Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericPhoto: David Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Land subsidence threatens 2 billion people

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Subsidence, or the lowering of the land surface due to the removal of material from underground, impacts 25 percent of the Planet's population, U.S. researchers have found
The effects of soil desiccation cracking promoted by drought are an example of the feedback loop between climate change and soil. Photo: Christopher Michel CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericChristopher Michel CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Soil releases more GHGs than expected as drought plays a crucial role

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A U.S. study hypothesizes the existence of an "amplifying cycle" involving drought, soil desiccation and CO2 emissions. A mechanism that climate models do not seem to take into account
The initiative targets multiple soil professionals from Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain and France. Photo: PREPSOILprepsoil

Prepsoil survey reveals knowledge of soil health among stakeholders

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There is time until Feb. 29 to participate in the soil health knowledge survey launched by PREPSOIL, the project funded by the Horizon Europe program
The causes of floods are multiple and involve several variables interacting with each other. Photo: somersetpedia.paul CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedsomersetpedia.paul CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Between floods and forests is a matter of probability

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Properly managing forests and preventing floods requires a paradigm shift, a Canadian study explains. That means replacing the deterministic approach with probability analysis and take all factors into account
Biocrusts widely found on the Great Wall of China can slow the erosion process, thus contributing to the preservation of the structure. Photo: Peter Dowley CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericPeter Dowley CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Biocrusts protect The Great Wall of China from erosion

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Typical of arid or semi-arid expanses, soil bio-crusts are an important and undervalued natural resource. An international study has highlighted their ability to counter erosion