The Benchmarks framework will acomodate the needs of the different scales (from local to European level) by guiding users through the following steps for the selection of monitoring metrics and indicator measurements.
This framework will be developed and tested with stakeholders in the case studies. The user will be able to select soil functions, land uses, pedoclimatic conditions, analysis scale or indicator measurements (sample, stats and space). It will also play a crucial role in the monitoring, reporting and verification needs of the users at all relevant scales.
The Integrated Soil Health Monitoring Framework will have three functions which support the quantification of the potential and state of soil health for a given context:
Indicator selection Based on objective, context and practices.
Soil health assessment Calculates the soil health index based on indicator measurements.
Management optimisation Provides recommendations on which practices can be applied to further optimise soil health for a given site.