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doi:10.5194/se-2016-154
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25 Nov 2016
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A revision of this discussion paper is under review for the journal Solid Earth (SE).
Assessing and analysing the impact of land take pressures on agricultural land
Ece Aksoy1, Mirko Gregor2, Christoph Schröder1, Manuel Löhnertz2, and Geertrui Louwagie3 1European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil systems (ETC/ULS), University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain
2ETC/ULS, space4environment, Niederanven, Luxembourg
3European Environment Agency (EEA), Copenhagen, Denmark
Abstract. Land, and here in particular soil, is a finite and essentially non-renewable resource. EU-wide, land take, i.e. the increase of settlement area over time, consumes more than 1000 km2 annually of which half is actually sealed and, hence, lost under impermeable surfaces. Land take and in particular soil sealing has already been identified as one of the major soil threats in the 2006 EC Communication ''Towards a Thematic Strategy on Soil Protection'' and the Soil Thematic Strategy, and has been confirmed as such in the report on the implementation of this strategy. The aim of this study is to relate the potential of land for a particular use in a given region with the actual land use. This allows evaluating whether land (especially the soil dimension) is used according to its (theoretical) potential. To this aim, the impact of several land cover flows related to urban development on soils with a good, average and poor production potential were assessed and mapped. Thus, the amount and quality (potential for agricultural production) of agricultural land lost between the years 2000 and 2006 was identified. In addition, areas with high productivity potential around urban areas, indicating areas of potential future land use conflicts for Europe, were identified.

Citation: Aksoy, E., Gregor, M., Schröder, C., Löhnertz, M., and Louwagie, G.: Assessing and analysing the impact of land take pressures on agricultural land, Solid Earth Discuss., doi:10.5194/se-2016-154, in review, 2016.
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The aim of this study is to relate the potential of land for a particular use in a given region with the actual land use. To this aim, the impact of several land cover flows related to urban development on soils with a good, average and poor production potential were assessed and mapped. Thus, the amount and quality (potential for agricultural production) of agricultural land lost between the years 2000 and 2006 and the regions with major impact (hot-spots) in Europe was identified.
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