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General Concepts of Valuing and Caring for Soil

Chapter


Abstract


  • Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, concepts have arisen to defi ne

    how society values and cares for soil. The earliest, soil conservation, focused narrowly

    on the causes and prevention of soil erosion. Other early concepts were land

    evaluation and capability and soil care. More recently, a large number of concepts

    have been proposed. These have a broader scope, refl ecting increases in scientifi c

    understanding of soil and its interactions with other parts of the biosphere and with

    human society. They include soil function, soil quality, soil health, soil condition,

    soil change, soil resilience, soil ecosystem services and soil protection. However,

    none of these concepts includes the full range of ways in which society needs to

    value and care for soil, and some are vague in defi nition. The concept of soil security

    has fi ve dimensions: capability, condition, capital, connectivity and codifi cation

    (McBratney AB, Field DJ, Koch A et al., Geoderma 213:203–213, 2014). These

    recognise specifi c concepts of soil value and care.

UOW Authors


  •   McBratney, Alex B. (external author)
  •   Field, Damien J. (external author)
  •   Jarrett, Lorna

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McBratney, A. B., Field, D. J. & Jarrett, L. E. (2017). General Concepts of Valuing and Caring for Soil. In D. J. Field, A. B. McBratney & C. L. S. Morgan (Eds.), Global Soil Security (pp. 101-108). Switzerland: Springer.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9783319433943

Book Title


  • Global Soil Security

Start Page


  • 101

End Page


  • 108

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland

Abstract


  • Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, concepts have arisen to defi ne

    how society values and cares for soil. The earliest, soil conservation, focused narrowly

    on the causes and prevention of soil erosion. Other early concepts were land

    evaluation and capability and soil care. More recently, a large number of concepts

    have been proposed. These have a broader scope, refl ecting increases in scientifi c

    understanding of soil and its interactions with other parts of the biosphere and with

    human society. They include soil function, soil quality, soil health, soil condition,

    soil change, soil resilience, soil ecosystem services and soil protection. However,

    none of these concepts includes the full range of ways in which society needs to

    value and care for soil, and some are vague in defi nition. The concept of soil security

    has fi ve dimensions: capability, condition, capital, connectivity and codifi cation

    (McBratney AB, Field DJ, Koch A et al., Geoderma 213:203–213, 2014). These

    recognise specifi c concepts of soil value and care.

UOW Authors


  •   McBratney, Alex B. (external author)
  •   Field, Damien J. (external author)
  •   Jarrett, Lorna

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McBratney, A. B., Field, D. J. & Jarrett, L. E. (2017). General Concepts of Valuing and Caring for Soil. In D. J. Field, A. B. McBratney & C. L. S. Morgan (Eds.), Global Soil Security (pp. 101-108). Switzerland: Springer.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9783319433943

Book Title


  • Global Soil Security

Start Page


  • 101

End Page


  • 108

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland