Soil erosion control is a key ecosystem service delivered by terrestrial ecosystems, mainly through vegetation cover. Two indicators are used to quantify capacity and use of the service. A first dimensionless indicator measures the capacity of ecosystems to avoid soil erosion by assigning values ranging from 0 to 1 at pixel level, covering the EU-28 territory for the year 2010. A second indicator measures how much soil is retained by vegetation based on the difference between soil erosion in presence of vegetation and soil erosion in absence of vegetation. The quantification is based on an application of the RUSLE model.
- An assessment of soil erosion prevention by vegetation in Mediterranean Europe: current trends of ecosystem service provision Provisional data
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- Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: Trends in ecosystems and ecosystem services in the European Union between 2000 and 2010 Provisional data
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- Iraq, Isle of Man, Ireland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Croatia, Hungary, United Kingdom, Georgia, Russia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Portugal, Romania, Norway, Poland, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Malta, Åland Islands, Kosovo, Andorra, Albania, Belgium, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Belarus, France, Moldova, Monaco, Finland, Spain, Ukraine, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Vatican City, Guernsey, Algeria, Estonia, Faroes, Sweden, Italy, Tunisia, Serbia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Liechtenstein, Syria, Morocco, Jersey, Turkey, San Marino
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