About the book
Soil erosion constitutes a major environmental issue, with a worldwide impact, and with direct and indirect effects on soil productivity and consequently on human survival. Although a natural process, soil erosion has suffered a significant increase due to human intervention on Earth's surface, especially in the last centuries, through its diverse activities, such as intensive agriculture, overgrazing, urban sprawl, deforestation and industrial and mining activities. Presently, soil erosion and degradation promoted by human action have reached extreme levels, requesting for urgent measures to promote soil conservation and rehabilitation.
The objective of this book is to provide an outlook of the present situation we are facing in terms of soil erosion in different parts of the world, highlighting the main challenges mankind faces on this subject. The debate on future perspectives of soil erosion monitoring, evaluation, and modeling, recurring to recent technologies and methods, as well as strategies for soil conservation and rehabilitation, are also objectives to pursuit this book.