Title: The Effect of Soil Erosion on Europe‘s Crop Yields
Authors: Bakker, Martha M. ×
Govers, Gerard
Jones, Robert A.
Rounsevell, Mark D.A. #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Series Title: Ecosystems vol:10 issue:7 pages:1209-1219
Abstract: Soil erosion negatively affects crop yields and may
have contributed to the collapse of ancient civilizations.
Whether erosion may have such an impact
on modern societies as well, is subject to debate. In
this paper we quantify the relationship between
crop yields and soil water available to plants, the
most important yield-determining factor affected
by erosion, at the European scale. Using information
on the spatial distribution of erosion rates we
calculate the potential threat of erosion-induced
productivity losses. We show that future reductions
in productivity in Europe as a whole are relatively
small and do not pose a substantial threat to crop
production within the coming century. However,
within Europe there is considerable variability, and
although productivity in northern Europe is not
likely to be significantly reduced by soil erosion, for
the southern countries the threat of erosion-induced
productivity declines is stronger.
ISSN: 1432-9840
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Geography & Tourism
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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