Functional Land Management

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Description of work

Work Package 4 has three objectives:

WP4 will apply the concept of Functional Land Management (Schulte et al., 2014) at EU level. This means that WP4 will assess the demand and the supply for each of the soil functions, at European scale and assess potential land use options, using advanced spatially explicit modelling. Outputs will include indicative scenario maps of the actual and potential supply of soil functions across the EU.

  1. Quantify the demands for the five aggregate soil functions in an EU context (based on WP1) (Task 4.1)
  2. Assess the capacity of soils to deliver five soil functions in an EU context, using the proxy-indicators developed inWP3 and EU datasets collated in WP 2 (Task 4.2)
  3. Conduct scenario analyses with a view to arriving at optimum suites of soil functions at EU level, as determined by all stakeholders in WP1 (Task 4.3)


  • Deliverable 4.1 Demand scenarios: quantification of the demand for soil functions, using the prioritisation /weighting by contrasting stakeholder groups
  • Deliverable 4.2 Soil function supply maps
  • Deliverable 4.3 Scenarios maps: visualising optimised scenarios where supply of soil functions matches demands for these functions – at regional and EU scales

How are we doing in our first 18 months?

WP4 is due to commence in month 19, but has started slightly early. The goal of WP4 is to develop a tool for functional land management that allows a dynamic assessment of the supply of soil functions in response to particular changes in land-use and management across Europe. WP4 will apply Bayesian Belief modelling to develop demand and supply maps for Europe.