This website

The Soil Erosion Site is primarily an information gateway for soil erosion. It aims to bring together a wide variety of material relating to all aspects of soil erosion. For the student and/or those who are 'just interested' in soil erosion, there is a background information section which explains the basics of the erosion problem in a non-technical manner, with links to photos and videos. To supplement this, there are links to more specialist material on organisations, projects, meetings, data, models, etc. More is planned; however if you have any suggestions for additions or changes to this site, please contact us.

Who is responsible for this website? Nearly 50 soil erosion scientists from 16 countries have contributed, or agreed to contribute, information to the site. Sincere thanks to all contributors!

Why?

Any researcher has to focus on specific technical details, but the occupational risk is that, through a narrow focus on tractable bite-sized problems, one loses the broader perspective. That is why - in their own interests - professional scientists should try to convey their work to non-specialists. Even if we do it badly, the effort is salutary: it reminds us that our efforts are worthwhile only insofar as they help to illuminate the big picture. (From p69 of Martin Rees (2002). Our Cosmic Habitat. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London)

The initial idea for the Soil Erosion Site was by Dr David Favis-Mortlock, now of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK. He still administers the site. (For more about Dave F-M, see here.)

Many thanks to Nick Daisley for hosting this website.

Finally, thank you for taking an interest in the global problem of soil erosion!

Dave Favis-Mortlock, February 2005