Geochemical soil atlas of Switzerland

Geochemical soil atlas of Switzerland

Maps showing the distribution of 20 chemical elements of mainly geogenic origin in the Swiss top soil layers have been established. They are essential for the management of soil affected by geogenic pollution.

At a glance

State of Swiss soil

Together with the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), the FOEN operates a national soil pollution monitoring network (NABO).

Soil protection measures

The precautionary principle has absolute priority in soil protection.

Soil and its functions

Soil is a limited, ecologically and economically valuable non-renewable resource.

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