Geological, seismic and soil survey

The soil


What the Region does

The soilThe soil we tread upon is a natural, living body, produced by a complex interaction between geology, climate, vegetation, life forms (including Man) and time. Its cycle of formation and evolution involves extremely variable time scales, from tens of thousands of years to just a few months, and determines the weathering and fragmentation of rocks and the formation and transformation of organic matter through chemical, physical and biological processes. The soil consists of mineral particles (sand, silt and clay), decomposed organic substances (humus), living organisms, air and water. It can vary in depth from a few centimetres to a number of metres, divided into horizons or layers that can be distinguished from the parent material (rock or sediment). Soil formation is the result of processes of addition, loss, transfer and transformation of energy and matter.

The role of the Geological, Seismic and Soil Survey is to produce and update knowledge on regional soils, to improve understanding of soil behaviour and promote appreciation of its value. Sharing awareness of the role and function of soil is our way of protecting it.

Contacts

Servizio Geologico Sismico dei Suoli

Dott. TAROCCO PAOLA 
Soil and thematic maps
phone 0039 051-5274515,  email: ptarocco@regione.emilia-romagna.it

Servizio agricoltura sostenibile

Dott. GIAPPONESI ANDREA
Nitrate directive, soil monitoring, shallow ground network
phone 0039 051 5274451, email: agiapponesi@regione.emilia-romagna.it

Servizio giuridico dell'ambiente, rifiuti e bonifica siti contaminatie  e servizi pubblici ambientali 

Dott. Ing. FERRARI CLAUDIA
Site remediation
phone 0039 051 5278186, email: cferrari@regione.emilia-romagna.it

Servizio tutela e risanamento acqua, aria e agenti fisici

Dott. PALUMBO ADDOLORATA
Groundwater vulnerability to phytosanitary products
phone 0039 051 5276854, email: apalumbo@regione.emilia-romagna.it

Servizio Fitosanitario Regionale

Dott. MAZZINI FLORIANO
Phytonsanitary products management
phone 0039 051 5278282, email: fmazzini@regione.emilia-romagna.it

ARPAE

Dott. BILLI LAURA
Chemical-physical soil analyses
phone 0039 0544 210 620, email: lbilli@arpa.emr.it


Dott. VILLANI BARBARA
Excavated soil and rocks
phone 0039 051 528 1236; email: bvillani@arpa.emr.it

Learn more

  • Soil maps of the Emilia-Romagna Interactive WebGis which allows integrated consultation of variuos information layers such as the soil map at 1:50.000 scale, derived thematic maps, land use maps, geological maps and point data (soil analyses, heavy metal monitoring, shallow water table measurement sites). Aerial photographs taken between 1944 and 2014 are also available as background, along with a selection of historical maps.
  • Benchmark local sites of Emilia-Romagna soils Chemical-physical analyses through benchmark local sites representative of soils described in the 1:50k soil map
  • Organic carbon Maps of soil organic carbon content in different layers and at different scales
  • Soil Salinity Soil Salinity maps of the Emilia-Romagna plain
  • Soil maps and derived thematic maps
  • Geo catalogue A catalogue to view, to query and download geothematic and geographic data

Ongoing projects

  • LIFE Helpsoil Helping enhanced soil funcions and adaptation to climate change by sustainable conservation agricolture techniques.

Special initiatives

Publications

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Published Sep 12, 2014 — last modified Oct 18, 2018
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