Title: The Diffuse Phosphorous Pollution Cluster: DESPRAL – An environmental soil test to determine the potential from sediments and phosphorous transfer in run-off from agricultural land. 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2004 
Author 1/Producer: Withers, P. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.image-train.net/products/papers/CM3_despral.pdf  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Diffuse pollution-->Monitoring
Diffuse pollution-->Sources
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Short description: The development of cost-effective land and nutrient management options to reduce soil and (phosphorus) P transfer from diffuse sources requires accurate identification of areas with a high risk of contributing to overall P load, a combination of the relative contribution of natural geographic factors and agricultural management factors influencing the transport of soluble and particulate-bound P within catchments. An EU project (DESPRAL) is investigating the use a simple environmental soil P test to determine the potential risk of soil and P transfer in land runoff under a range of soil types, land management practices and P inputs. The aim is to incorporate the test into a procedure to identify priority areas for management actions at the farm and catchment scale required under the EU Water Framework Directive. 
Link to Project(s): IMAGE-TRAIN Innovative Management of Groundwater Resources- Training Programme for EU Accession Countries
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 10/07/2007

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