SoilTrEC - Soil transformations in European catchments

Last changed: 07 May 2021

The project 'SoilTrEC - Soil transformations in European catchments' started by the end of 2009 and ended in 2014.

The main purposes of SoilTrEC were to address the priority research areas identified in the European Union Soil Thematic Strategy and to provide leadership for a global network of Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) committed to soil research.

The Specific Objectives were:

  • Describe from 1st principles how soil structure impacts processes and function at soil profile scale,
  • Establish 4 EU Critical Zone Observatories to study soil processes at field scale,
  • Develop a Critical Zone Integrated Model of soil processes and function,
  • Create a GIS-based modelling framework to delineate soil threats and assess mitigation at EU scale,
  • Quantify impacts of changing land use, climate and biodiversity on soil function and economic value,
  • Form with international partners a global network of Critical Zone Observatories for soil research, and
  • Deliver a programme of public outreach and research transfer on soil sustainability.

The project was financed by EC FP7. The total budget is 7 MEuro. Swedens share is 0.25 MEuro.

Participating from the Department was Lars Lundin.

External partmers were University of Sheffield (UK), N. Poushkarov Institute for Soil Sciences (BG), Technical University of Crete (GR), Deltares (NL), EC-JRC (IT), University of Iceland (IS), Wageningen University (NL), University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science (AU), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (CH), Czech Geological Survey (CZ), Institiute of Soil science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CN), The Pennsylvania State University (US), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR).

Further reading on the project here!


Lars Lundin

Lars Lundin, Professor
Department of water and environment,
Department of soil and environment, SLU, 018-67 10 70, 018-67 31 09