Research and analysis

Monitoring and Assessing Soil Quality (MASQ) in Great Britain: countryside survey module 6 soils and pollution

The results of a study of soil biological and chemical properties collected under the MASQ project as part of the nationwide Countryside Survey 2000.


MASQ: Monitoring and Assessing Soil Quality in Great Britain. Countryside Survey Module 6: Soils and Pollution

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The MASQ project undertook a nationwide survey of soil biological and chemical properties as part of The Countryside Survey 2000 (CS2000). The overall objective was to provide good quality datasets for soil invertebrate and microbial communities, soil pH and organic matter, as influences on soil biology and characteristic properties of British soils, and two groups of potentially widespread chemical pollutants (heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants). CS2000 was a cost-effective framework for integrating an assessment of soil properties with detailed landscape, land-use, soils and vegetation data since all data were obtained from the same plots.

Published 1 January 2002