SOIL DEPLETION DUE TO URBANISATION IN THE AREAS NEAR THE PO RIVER (MUNICIPALITY OF CASTEL S. GIOVANNI, SORBOLO, BONDENO - ITALY)

Gherardi, Massimo; Department Of Agroenvironmental Sciences And Technologies - CSSAS, University Of Bologna, Bologna, Lorito, Samantha; Department Of Agroenvironmental Sciences And Technologies - CSSAS, University Of Bologna, Bologna, Vianello, Gilmo; Department Of Agroenvironmental Sciences And Technologies - CSSAS, University Of Bologna, Bologna & Vittori Antisari, Livia; Department Of Agroenvironmental Sciences And Technologies - CSSAS, University Of Bologna, Bologna
The loss of soil resources in Italy is particularly evident in the vast plain of the Po River Valley, where urbanisation has led to a progressive depletion of land surface. Built-up areas now cover around 9%, on average, of the total surface area, but in the most densely inhabited communities, lying mainly along the major artery of the Via Emilia, this figure may exceed 20%. The trend shows no signs of relenting, above all because...