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Gaining a clear picture of land degradation and soil erosion

05 February 2019

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Geographers at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) are coordinating a new joint research project that is studying changes in landscapes and soil conditions of South Africa.

The 'South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDi)' project aims to create an automated observation system that will provide a precise picture of land degradation in South Africa due to soil erosion, among other factors, and monitor developments over the long term. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project under the SPACES programme, providing 2.3 million euros over the next three years.

Source: AAAS and EurekAlert!

Image credit: JUSSI BAADE/FSU - Employees of the Agricultural Research Council South Africa next to the border with Lesotho on a stabilization measure against land degradation.