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Preventive Soil Protection. Monitoring Concepts and Ethical Aspects

It has gone almost unnoticed that the land use practised up until the present has led to a loss of soil quality: through this loss of quality the soil cannot meet the future, possible higher, demands posed on it.
This project dealt with the assessment of processes and aims of diagnosis, control and prevention of soil degradation on the basis of sustainability notions in current environmental politics. Corresponding goals with respect to environmental quality were assessed according to technical and ethical points of view. With regard to remote sensing, research was being carried out on the technical and strategic potential for the observation of soil damage or its indicators and for the verification of possible soil-protection measures. Focal points of the research were new application areas for satellite-based, remote-sensing systems and integrated data products. Parallel to this, research on the moral legitimation of prudent land use was conducted.
Preliminary results have already been made public in various scientific publications and oral presentations. The study concluded with a final report which is available as volume 23 of the Graue Reihe.




  • Dipl.-Ing. Erik Borg (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.);
  • Professor Dr. Armin Grunwald (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe);
  • Dipl.-Biol. Ulrich Rehberg.