Partial Thematic Synthesis in NFP68: Soil Data, Methods and Tools

The partial thematic synthesis in the National Research Programme NFP68 «Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource» aims to develop a comprehensive concept that integrates soil data in the benefit analysis, offers new soil mapping methods to fill data gaps, considers existing information systems and links soil data with methods or models to evaluate soil functions and assess risks. In particular, the evaluation of soil functions and ecosystem services should demonstrate the added value that nationwide soil databases provide for policy decision processes.


For this purpose, various NFP68 projects and current activities on national and international scales are being assessed to identify required soil data, methods and tools. Based on classical and digital soil mapping methods and remote sensing, possible scenarios for the development of a comprehensive value chain are studied. The central milestone is a cost–benefit analysis, which shows the financial conditions of these scenarios on the one hand and the benefit of soil information to the society on the other.



Project Partner

  • Dr. A. Papritz, Institut für terrestrische Ökologie, ETH Zürich
  • M. Zürrer, myx GmbH, Uster
  • Begleitgruppe mit Vertretern von Bundesämtern und Kantonen