Soil compaction is one of the threats that reduces the quality of the soil. Soil compaction reduces infiltration capacity, reduces air permeability and therefore it is more difficult for plant roots to penetrate into the soil, which reduces yields.
Soil compaction can occur eg as agricultural land under adverse circumstances be ridden by machines with a high wheel loads. A high wheel pressure occurs when the pressure exceeds 1.5 Tonnes per square meter. But sometimes at pressures lower than 1.5 T/m2, damage to the subsoil can already occur.
The RECARE project (recare-project.eu) focuses on the mapping of different threats to soil in Europe and tries to develop methods to fight these types of soil threats.