Title: SOWA - final report 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2005 
Availability: as download from the SOWA homepage 
Author 1/Producer: Dietrich Halm, Peter Grathwohl; Editors 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/sowa/  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
Size: (e.g. 20mb) 1.7 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Hydrocarbons
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Pesticides
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Diffuse pollution-->Monitoring
Diffuse pollution-->Processes
Diffuse pollution-->Regulation
Diffuse pollution-->Scales
Diffuse pollution-->Sources
 
Short description: The SOWA Joint Document provides the results of five thematic working groups on the future challenges in research towards integrated soil and water protection. It contains a range of questions asking e.g. for suitable ways how to identify potentially dangerous chemicals in future or for management options of soil and water pollution at different scales incl. socio-economic issues. In addition, the document includes results from two international SOWA-Workshops, held in Tübingen (Halm and Grathwohl, 2003) and in Prague (Halm and Grathwohl, 2004) as well as invited statements from internationally leading experts in this field. 
Long description: SOWA focuses on the risks from diffuse pollution of soils leading to a damage of crucial soil functions such as: • Base for ecosystem quality, sustainable land use and safe food production • Filter for drinking water • Sink/source for anthropogenic and natural pollutants A general problem of diffuse pollution is that is often invisible in contrary to local hazards. Generally, the diffuse input of pollutants into soils of a rural landscape is low and therefore, the burden from diffuse sources is either not realised or seen as a “normal“ situation and a gradually increasing concentration of pollutants in soils escapes most common monitoring tools. The first five thematic chapters correspond to the five SOWA working groups which at the same time correspond to the workpackages of SOWA. After an introduction, the chapters discuss the state of the art and point out research needs for future challenges and conclusions. Annexed to each chapter, textboxes in yellow summarise the most crucial scientific questions which were identified by the authors. In special blue text-boxes, external experts state their personal view and the most urgent lacks in reseach they see to be addressed in future. Chapter 6 extracts conclusions from chapter 1 to 5. 
Link to Project(s): SOWA Integrated Soil and Water Protection
 
Submitted By: Mr Jörg Frauenstein WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 25/02/2005