© 2008

Land Use and Soil Resources

  • Ademola K. Braimoh
  • Paul L. G. Vlek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Ademola K. Braimoh, Paul L. G. Vlek
    Pages 1-7
  3. Navin Ramankutty, Jonathan A. Foley, Nicholas J. Olejniczak
    Pages 23-40
  4. Hans Hurni, Karl Herweg, Brigitte Portner, Hanspeter Liniger
    Pages 41-71
  5. Lulseged Tamene, Paul L. G. Vlek
    Pages 73-100
  6. Daniel Hillel, Ademola K. Braimoh, Paul L. G. Vlek
    Pages 101-119
  7. Ulrike Grote, Eric T. Craswell, Paul L. G. Vlek
    Pages 121-143
  8. Diego de la Rosa, Ramon Sobral
    Pages 167-200
  9. Peter J. Marcotullio, Ademola K. Braimoh, Takashi Onishi
    Pages 201-250
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 251-253

About this book


Land-use change is one of the main drivers of many environmental change processes. It influences the basic resources of land use, including the soil. Its impact on soil often occurs so creepingly that land managers hardly contemplate initiating ameliorative or counterbalance measures. Poor land management has degraded vast amounts of land, reduced our ability to produce enough food, and is a major threat to rural livelihoods in many developing countries.

To date, there has been no single unifying volume that addresses the multifaceted impacts of land use on soils. This book has responded to this challenge by bringing together renowned academics and policy experts to analyze the patterns, driving factors and proximate causes, and the socioeconomic impacts of soil degradation. Policy measures to prevent irreversible degradation and rehabilitate degraded soils are also identified.


Erosion Land-use change Soil Degradation Soil Erosion Urbanization Virtual Water environment environmental change production soil soil quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Ademola K. Braimoh
    • 1
  • Paul L. G. Vlek
    • 2
  1. 1.Hokkaido UniversityJapan
  2. 2.University of BonnGermany

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

"It promises to synthesize scientific knowledge on the impact of different land-uses on soils in a manner that resource managers, policy makers and other non-academics can use. … a book of significant potential use to students interested in land resources, particularly soil. … a useful book with several particularly good chapters and significant elements of original analysis. … the quality of the reviewing and discussion is high and it represents worthwhile reading for soil managers and students and a worthwhile purchase for academic libraries." (John McDonagh, Land Degradation & Development, November, 2008)