Working Group 1

Soil and water salinity: physical and biochemical characteristics at different scales


This WG will improve our understanding on how salinization is building up in inland / coastal areas in temporal and spatial scale focusing on: i) evaluation of existing soil mapping technologies and analysis pipelines; and ii) providing new guidelines to capture soil properties at a scale physiologically relevant for plants.



  • Task 1.1

    Review literature on current methodologies used for soil salinity monitoring to identify gaps and where technological development should focus on to improve soil salinity mapping now and in the future with a good spatial and temporal resolution;

  • Task 1.2

    Determine from existing data the relevant spatio-temporal scale when monitoring soil salinity and other relevant spatio-temporal variables (e.g. nutrients, water, soil type, etc) to include in maps in drylands and irrigated lands;

  • Task 1.3

    Literature review and analysis of co-occurring and jointly-acting stresses in saline soils from different sources from published work and from input from synergies with other initiatives of soil salinity;

  • Task 1.4

    Feed the new knowledge to WG2-3 for the preparation of the databases (tasks 2.7 and 3,1), to facilitate exchange of knowledge, cross-disciplinary knowledge creation and capacity building across WGs.




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COST Action CA22144

Salinisation, the accumulation of water-soluble salts in the soil, is one of the major causes of soil degradation affecting 833 million hectares of land and 1.5 billion inhabitants worldwide. However, these lands can be used by applying saline agriculture, involving soil, water and salt-tolerant crop management methods.

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