A preliminary spatial-temporal study of some soil characteristics in the calcareous massif of Sicó, Portugal

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Maria Odete Torres
Maria Manuela Neves *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Maria Manuela Neves | manela@isa.ulisboa.pt

Abstract

The mountainous massif of Sicó, in the centre of Portugal, is anextensive area composed of calcareous Jurassic formations. Hillsidecalcareous soils, with high pH, present chemical restrictions to supportplant growth and are subjected to important erosion processes leading to their degradation if not protected by vegetation. In a first year of study some soil physicochemical characteristics have been measured in some geo-referenced locations of a larger design experiment and an exploratory spatial analysis has been performed. The objective of this study was to present some suggestions in order to give sustainable phosphorus fertiliser recommendations aiming to establish pastures in these soils and thus support traditional livestock activity. Ten years apart, those soil characteristics have been measured again in the same locations and comparisions have been made. The objective was to understand the variability of the soil properties under study in order to better adequate the fertiliser soil management regarding the area restoration.

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