Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Point of contact: joachim.maes@ec.europa.eu

Title: Soil erosion control

Description

Soil erosion control is a key ecosystem service delivered by terrestrial ecosystems, mainly through vegetation cover. Two indicators are used to quantify capacity and use of the service. A first dimensionless indicator measures the capacity of ecosystems to avoid soil erosion by assigning values ranging from 0 to 1 at pixel level, covering the EU-28 territory for the year 2010. A second indicator measures how much soil is retained by vegetation based on the difference between soil erosion in presence of vegetation and soil erosion in absence of vegetation. The quantification is based on an application of the RUSLE model.

Contributors
Joachim Maes joachim.maes@ec.europa.eu
How to cite
Maes, Joachim (2010):  Soil erosion control. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID: http://data.europa.eu/89h/4ccdbbf0-fc7c-4fd7-bd8b-f11a06f5df0b
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Related resources

Data access

  • Download baseline 2010 TIFF

    This compressed zipfile SEC.zip contains data at 100 m resolution assessed for the year 2010. SEC, or the capacity to avoid soil erosion is a dimensionless value between 0 and 10.

  • Download baseline 2010 TIFF

    This compressed zipfile ASE.zip contains data at 100 m resolution assessed for the year 2010. ASE or avoided soil erosion is expressed in tonne soil retained per year.

Publications

  • publication An assessment of soil erosion prevention by vegetation in Mediterranean Europe: current trends of ecosystem service provision

    Bastos De Morais Guerra C, Maes J, Geijzendorffer I, Metzger M. An assessment of soil erosion prevention by vegetation in Mediterranean Europe: current trends of ecosystem service provision. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS 60; 2016. p. 213-222. JRC92664

    DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.06.043

  • publication Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: Trends in ecosystems and ecosystem services in the European Union between 2000 and 2010

    Maes J, Fabrega Domenech N, Zulian G, Lopes Barbosa A, Vizcaino Martinez M, Ivits E, Polce C, Vandecasteele I, Mari Rivero I, Bastos De Morais Guerra C, Perpiña Castillo C, Vallecillo Rodriguez S, Baranzelli C, Ribeiro Barranco R, Batista E Silva F, Jacobs C, Trombetti M, Lavalle C. Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: Trends in ecosystems and ecosystem services in the European Union between 2000 and 2010. EUR 27143. Luxembourg (Luxembourg): Publications Office of the European Union; 2015. JRC94889

    DOI:10.2788/817609

Additional information
Issue date 2010-07-26
Landing page http://biodiversity.europa.eu/maes
Temporal coverage

From: 2010-01-01 – To: 2010-01-01

Update frequency not planned
Language English
Data theme(s) Economy and finance; Environment; Regions and cities; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 52 ENVIRONMENT; 56 AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES; 72 GEOGRAPHY
EuroVoc concept(s) biotope; hydrology; land use; soil resources
Identifier http://data.europa.eu/89h/4ccdbbf0-fc7c-4fd7-bd8b-f11a06f5df0b
Geographic information
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Geographic bounding box

81.4° N, 43.2° E, 35.3° S, -11.5° W

Coordinate Reference System ETRS89 / LAEA Europe

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