A Comparative study of Assessment Techniques for Soil Ecosystem Health: Focusing on Assessment Factors of Soil Health

토양생태계 건강성 평가기법 비교연구: 토양건강성 평가항목을 중심으로

  • Received : 2014.10.25
  • Accepted : 2015.03.23
  • Published : 2015.06.30


The soil ecosystem is a complex system performing particularly complicated and varied functions, such as providing a habitat for organisms, acting as a medium for plant cultivation and growth, and functioning as a buffer against external materials in the environment. To assess whether these important functions of the soil ecosystem are executed appropriately, the concept of soil ecosystem health has been introduced, which is defined as the ability to perform the specific functions of the soil ecosystem. Understanding soil properties and soil indicators related to soil functions is essential to assess the soil health. In this study, systems, the indicators, and evaluation factors for assessing soil ecosystem health employed in a number of countries were investigated and discussed. In particular, it is necessary to introduce a technique for the evaluation of soil ecosystem health in Korea and to develop techniques and indicators appropriate to the soil ecosystem and status in Korea.


Soil health;Soil function;Soil ecosystem;Health assessment;Indicator


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Grant : "물리,화학적 공정을 이용한 중금속오염 정화토의 토양건강성 평가기술 개발"