Soil assessment reviews

The UK is home to many of the world’s leading soil research institutions, organisations. Work started as far back as the beginning of the last century to map the rich diversity of more than 700 different soil types which are present across the UK. In the last 40 years, attention has turned to the monitoring of our soils, to understanding how they are changing and why, and what benefits they provide us. This research provides us with an influential evidence base which can be a powerful tool for influencing both government policy and management practices.

The following are some of the most influential reviews and reports from the last 15 years. They often cite, or have resulted, in peer-reviewed, scientific papers which we cannot provide here due to copyright law but are important as they provide that independent review on which the scientific process is based.

We will continually add to this list as our work continues.

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The state of the environment: soil (2019)

A report that aims to widen understanding about the state of soils.
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Parliamentary Soil Health Inquiry report (2016)

The 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry Report into Soil Health by the Environmental Audit Committee.
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Parliamentary Soil Health Inquiry submitted evidence (2016)

A collation of the submitted evidence to the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Soil Health.
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Environment Agency report on the development of a national soil monitoring network (2008)

A multi partner report in 2008 co-authored by all the main soil monitoring organisations in the UK to consider costed options for a new soil monitoring network.
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Environment Agency report into soil quality indicators for environmental interactions (2006)

Review by government departments, public agencies and technical experts to map out the functions of soil and appropriate indicators of these.
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European Mission for Soil Health and Food (2020)

The final recommendation from the EU mission board to the European Commision as to how to create a mission for soil health and food which is relevant and will make a real difference.
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Review of soil monitoring networks (2006)

A catalogue of 29 past and current soil health monitoring schemes in the UK (2006).
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Soils and Stones: Sustaining Our Future By Influencing Change in the UK & Beyond

A report from SocEnv aimed at highlighting good practice for professionals working with soil and stones.
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