Title Handbook for Saline Soil Management
Author Food and Agriculture Organization
ISBN 9789251301418
List price USD 82.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 142
Book size 210 X 298 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Food and Agriculture Organization (Eurospan Group)
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This handbook was prepared to support training on innovative methods for the amelioration and use of salt-affected soils.

Soil salinization is both the cause and the result of other agricultural problems, and combating salinization should, together with other measures for achieving sustainable intensification of agriculture, be considered as a basis for food security. This requires coordination between countries that share common water and land resources; international cooperation is also needed to attract and manage investment in water and land resources. This publication was produced within the framework of the Implementation Plan of the Eurasian Soil Partnership, a sub-regional affiliation of the Global Soil Partnership.



Part I: Soil salinity management in the Eurasian Region

Chapter 1: Salt-affected soils of the Eurasian Region: diagnostics, criteria and distribution • Definitions • Soil and water salinity diagnostics and evaluation methods • Main causes, sources and effects of salinity • Distribution of salt-affected soils within the Eurasian Region

Chapter 2: Methods of studying, mapping and monitoring saline and alkaline soils • Methods of studying and mapping of saline and alkaline soils: ground survey and remote sensing techniques, aerial photography and GIS-mapping • Methods of assessment of modern processes of salt accumulation in soils using salt concentration measurements • Organizing and conducting soil monitoring in conjunction with European experience • Soil salinity monitoring by the use of remote sensing (following the example of irrigated territories of Central Asia) • Experiences of the Eurasian Region countries in soil monitoring • Organization of research and assessment of the state of irrigated lands in Ukraine • Main criteria and indicators for monitoring of soils as a natural resource • Soil salinization monitoring in Uzbekistan

Chapter 3: Assessing and forecasting the development of soil salinization and alkalinization processes • Methods and models for assessing the state of irrigated lands • Methods and models required for natural resource management • Models and methods for the assessment of moisture and salt regimes of irrigated lands

Chapter 4: The rational use of saline and alkaline soils (with examples from Ukraine) • Classification of amelioration measures • Integrated management of water and soil resources of salt- affected land • Innovation and investment to support the management and use of salt-affected soils • Information, regulations and methodologies for supporting the conservation and use of salt-affected soils • Technical support for the conservation and use of salt-affected soils • The system of hydrotechnical, agricultural and chemical amelioration of saline and alkaline soils • Phytobiological and agroforestry amelioration systems • Synergetic amelioration complexes

Chapter 5: Innovative methods and technologies for amelioration of salt-affected soils and agroforestry practices in marginal landscapes • The use of a proximal technique of electromelioration on localized areas of Soda Solonetz-Solonchak in Armenia • Innovative technologies for the amelioration and use of salt-affected soils in Kazakhstan • Differentiated system of amelioration of salt-affected paddy soils • Innovative technologies for the use of saline-alkaline soils under green forest plantations • Precision agriculture systems on saline and alkaline soils • Biosaline technologies and approaches to the management of salt-affected agricultural lands under arid climate conditions (by examples in Central Asia and Transcaucasia) • Agroforestry on salt-affected soils in degraded agricultural landscapes in Uzbekistan

Chapter 6: Assessment of the cost effectiveness of combined measures for the amelioration of salt-affected soils • Methods for assessing the cost effectiveness of measures for the amelioration of salt-affected soils • Approaches and methods for assessing the ecological benefits and cost effectiveness of the amelioration of salt- affected soils • Assessing the effectiveness of laser land levelling and agroforestry in Uzbekistan

Part II: Tutorial examples, guidelines and exercises

Annex A: Classifications, assessment criteria and distribution of salt-affected soils • Assessing the chemical properties of soil salinity • Diagnostics of solonetz and solonetzized soils • Criteria for estimating gypsum content in soils • Criteria for estimating the content of carbonates in soils • Distribution of salt-affected soils in some countries of the Eurasian Region (a brief overview)

Annex ?: Assessing water suitability for irrigation

Annex ?: Assessment methods, criteria and indicators for monitoring saline and alkaline soils • Methodological aspects of aerial photography using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) • Methods for assessing the trends of modern salt accumulation processes in soils using salt concentration measurements • Organizational issues and criteria for irrigated soil quality assessments in Ukraine • Main criteria and indicators for monitoring soil as a natural resource

Annex D: Innovative methods of mapping and monitoring saline and alkaline soils • Innovative methods of electromagnetic induction and remote sensing for mapping and monitoring saline and alkaline soils (brief overview) • Computer image analysis using different methods of Supervised Classification for mapping salt-affected soils of the Kurdamir District (Azerbaijan)

Annex ?: Innovative methods and technologies of agroforestry on saline and alkaline soils (by the example of the Caspian Lowland, Russia) • Tree clusters (‘zelyonye zonty’) planted on Meadow Chestnut soils within Solonetz complexes – an example of sustainable agroforestry in the Caspian Lowland

Annex F: Dissemination of knowledge on the amelioration of salt-affected and waterlogged soils in the Kyrgyz Republic

Authors of the Handbook

About the Author:

Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO provides a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. The Organization publishes authoritative publications on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and nutrition.

Target Audience:

 This book is intended for people interested in Agriculture and Agronomy & crop production.


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