|Main authors:||Luuk Fleskens
|iSQAPERiS Editor:||Jane Brandt|
** D8.4 draft
One of the central initiatives of iSQAPER has been the development of the mobile phone app, SQAPP (The iSQAPER Soil Quality Assessment APP). The SQAPP provides a context-specific score for soil quality and soil threats for a specific locality, enabling users to compare the quality of their soil to the quality in other locations. Most importantly it provides recommendations for the user about the best location-specific management practices to improve the quality of the soil.
This app represents an important breakthrough, providing the user with free access to the best available global soil information, anywhere in the world. The SQAPP provides free and easy access to global soil and landscape data. It provides site-specific interpretation of widely used soil quality indicators, assesses the local threats to soil quality and gives recommendations for management practices that would improve it. (link to SQAPP guides for policy makers) App users can either use embedded data or add their own data (ideally based on the indicator set and ‘in field’ assessment methods set out in elements 1 and 2) to the database to receive tailored recommendations.
SQAPP is a useful tool for a wide variety of user groups including farmers, agri-advisors, researchers and policy makers, all of whom have been involved in its development and evaluation. It can already be used as a decision support tool for land managers and for research purposes. It could be used to help inform local policy and decision makers about relevant initiatives. The app is very easy to use, and gives the user instant data to benchmark the soil quality in their field of interest to other locations having similar combinations of soil and climate conditions.
Moreover, with further development, SQAPP could evolve into a tool for self-reporting of soil quality data and land management data, filling the earlier-mentioned data gap on management in relation to soil data. This could potentially be a useful monitoring tool applicable in a number of policy areas at Member State and European level.
** Further notes
We don't yet have a single article summary of SQAPP.
- The main source will be D4.2 which (as Luuk and I have discussed) will largely replace the current D4.1
- Examples of SQAPP for different users still need to be written
standards/faqs/252-how-can- sqapp-be-used-by-policy-makers (** the text to be taken from D8.3)
standards/faqs/253-how-can- sqapp-be-used-by-researchers- and-students