- 22 Jun 2020
Scotland’s soils provide economic, social and environmental support to the country, but inappropriate soil management threatens this finite natural resource. Soil erosion was identified as one of the main soil threats in the ‘State of Scotland’s Soil Report’ (2011). Soil loss can result in significant costs, not only to immediate users of soils, but to society as a whole.
This project reviews existing literature to collate the evidence on current soil erosion rates; how these are modified by mitigation measures; the associated ‘on-site’ and ‘off-site’ impacts of soil erosion; and any costs associated with those impacts. An ecosystem services framework approach is then applied to five study catchments, upscaling the results to estimate the total costs of soil erosion in Scotland. Understanding the costs and impacts of soil erosion can support and inform policies designed to value the soil resource.