Wind, rain and industrial agriculture techniques accelerate soil erosion, but can be mitigated before the world faces catastrophic loss in terms of agricultural performance and critical ecosystem functions.
Developed within the European iSQAPER project in which researchers from the UPM participate, it has been proposed as a success case by the European Commission. The app informs farmers about how to improve their soils and offers them the option to incorporate new data in a collaborative learning model.
Prolonged droughts and heavy rains, a consequence of current erratic weather patterns, have destroyed more than half of the farmers' corn and beans crops along the Central American Dry Corridor, leaving them without food reserves.
Every day, 18 kilos of sand and gravel are extracted by each inhabitant of the planet for
the manufacture of concrete, asphalt and glass. Changes in consumption patterns, the increase
in population and the increase in urbanization have tripled their demand in the last 20 years,