Abstract Preview

This part of ISO 23611 provides guidance for the design of field studies with soil invertebrates (e.g. for the

monitoring of the quality of a soil as a habitat for organisms). Detailed information on the sampling of the

most important soil organisms is provided in the other parts of this International Standard (ISO 23611-1 to

ISO 23611-5).

This part of ISO 23611 is used for all terrestrial biotopes in which soil invertebrates occur. Basic information on

the design of field studies in general is already laid down in ISO 10381-1. This information can vary according

to the national requirements or the climatic/regional conditions of the site to be sampled.

NOTE While this part of ISO 23611 aims to be applicable globally for all terrestrial sites that are inhabited by soil

invertebrates, the existing information refers mostly to temperate regions. However, the (few) studies from other (tropical

and boreal) regions, as well as theoretical considerations, allow the conclusion that the principles laid down in this part of

ISO 23611 are generally valid, References [4], [6], [40], [21].

This part of ISO 23611 gives information on site-specific risk assessment of contaminated land, study of

potential side effects of anthropogenic impacts (e.g. the application of chemicals or the building of roads), the

biological classification and assessment of soils in order to determine the biological quality of soils, and longterm

biogeographical monitoring in the context of nature protection or restoration, including global change (e.g.

as in long-term ecological research projects).


General information

  • Status :  Published
    Publication date : 2012-09
  • Edition : 1
    Number of pages : 41
  • :
    ISO/TC 190/SC 4
    Biological characterization
  • 13.080.05
    Examination of soils in general
    13.080.30
    Biological properties of soils

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