A soil sampling reference site: The challenge in defining reference material for sampling

Paolo de Zorzi, Sabrina Barbizzi, Maria Belli, Ales Fajgelj, Radojko Jacimovic, Zvonka Jeran, Umberto Sansone, Marcel van der Perk

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In the frame of the international SOILSAMP project, funded and coordinated by the Italian Environmental Protection Agency, an agricultural area was established as a reference site suitable for performing soil sampling inter-comparison exercises. The reference site was characterized for trace element content in soil, in terms of the spatial and temporal variability of their mass fraction. Considering that the behaviour of long-lived radionuclides in soil can be expected to be similar to that of some stable trace elements and that the distribution of these trace elements in soil can simulate the distribution of radionuclides, the reference site characterised in term of trace elements, can be also used to compare the soil sampling strategies developed for radionuclide investigations. © 2008 IAEA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1588-1591
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Radiation and Isotopes
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008


  • Reference site
  • Soil sampling
  • Soil sampling inter-comparison
  • arsenic
  • chromium
  • radioisotope
  • scandium
  • trace element
  • article
  • environmental monitoring
  • environmental protection
  • Italy
  • priority journal
  • sampling
  • soil analysis
  • soil pollutant
  • soil pollution
  • statistical analysis


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