Current status of iSQAPERiS content

This website contains the main scientific results of the iSQAPER project, as presented in the project deliverables. Deliverables are being written and added to the website throughout the period of the project until it ends in April 2020. Here is the current status of the content.

Openly available:
Key messages: »Briefing papers; »Video clips; »Infographics; »Scientific publications
Assessment: »Soil quality - a critical review; »Management practices and soil quality

Available, but currently restricted to project partners only:
SQAPP: »Designing SQAPP the soil quality assessment toolStakeholder feedback on SQAPP (beta version)
Assessment: »Visual soil assessment;
Indicators: »Pedoclimatic Zones of Europe; »Pedoclimatic zones of China; »Crop & livestock systems; »Spatial analysis of climate, soil & crop types
Multi-actor approach: »Grounding sustainability
Ecosystem services: »Effect of farming on soil quality

Good soil quality is of fundamental importance to both local and global food production and to ecosystem resilience. Agricultural soils world-wide are subject to threats and pressures including: increasing demand for food and biofuels, changing diets, land degradation and associated productivity decline, all made worse by climate change. Reliable knowledge and data help land users assess their soils and make well-informed decisions about its use. When information on alternative land use practices is easily available, it supports farmers in improving their land management.
iSQAPER aims to provide: interactive soil quality assessment in Europe and China for agricultural productivity and environmental resilience providing decision makers with science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to manage soil quality and function.
key messages

Key messages

Booklets, factsheets and video clips provide information about soil quality in succinct and easy to read formats.



Innovative methods to assess soil quality in different pedo-climatic zones, integrating soil science, agricultural and lanl management practices.

Study site map


Soil quality indicators tailored for and tested by farmers for farmers in Europe and China.



SQAPP the soil quality assessment app

An app for mobile devices anywhere in the world, providing location-specific soil quality information and sustainable land use management options


Multi-actor Approach

The app will be developed, tested and improved by farmers, scientists, practitioners, agricultural service providers and policy makers.


Ecosystems Services

Information about the environmental footprint of farming activities, options for sustainable land use and the effects of widespread adoption of sustainable land practices generated from existing databases and shared among farmers, scientists, reional and national policy makers.

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