Claudio Zucca

Claudio Zucca
Consultant - D200046

Dr. Claudio Zucca is a soil conservation and land management specialist with ICARDA, based in Rabat, Morocco. His area of research is sustainable land management, soil and water conservation, and land degradation, and his research approach is based on interdisciplinary and multi-scale methods that integrate fieldwork and geomatics. Dr. Zucca is interested in soil-genetic processes and soil geography and has performed basic and applied research in pedology, contributing to several soil survey and mapping studies.

Currently, he leads research on soil carbon sequestration and the effects of bioavailable silicon on water use by crops in collaboration with crop breeders and plant physiologists. He also leads ICARDA’s work on soil and water conservation in the savannah belt of Nigeria and integrated watershed management in Ethiopia and Tunisia, and co-leads the scaling of sustainable land management practices and land degradation neutrality.

Dr. Zucca serves as focal point for the international consortium on global soil partnership and world overview of conservation approaches and technologies. He is on the UN international roster of experts for combating desertification and serves on the editorial board of World Desertification Atlas. He has authored more than 40 journal publications.

Before joining ICARDA in 2015, he was senior researcher and associate professor at the University of Sassari in Italy, where he spent 15 years conducting drylands research. Dr. Zucca received his Ph.D. in Pedology and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Universities of Palermo and Milano Bicocca. 

Claudio Zucca's Publications

Soil salinity prediction and mapping by machine learning regression in Central Mesopotamia, Iraq
Biophysical and econometric analysis of adoption of soil and water conservation techniques in the semiarid region of Sidi Bouzid (Central Tunisia)
Prediction of soil and water conservation structure impacts on runoff and erosion processes using SWAT model in the Northern Ethiopian highlands
Impact of stone bunds on temporal and spatial variability of soil physical properties: a field study from northern Ethiopia
Calcisols and Leptosols
Book Chapter
January 03, 2018

Calcisols are soils with substantial accumulation of secondary lime and the name of Calcisols derives from the Latin calx which means lime. They are described as “Soils having a calcic or petrocalcic horizon within 100 cm of the surface and no...

Book Chapter
January 03, 2018

Chromic and Rhodic Livisols, otherwise knozn as the Red Medterranean Soils or the TErra Rossa, Show marked textiral differences and genetic peculiarities within their profil, Controvesial genetic characteristics observed in Luvisol profiles are...

Effect of nitrogen fertilizer rate and timing on sorghum productivity in Ethiopian highland Vertisols
Parameterization of the Effect of Bench Terraces on Runoff and Sediment Yield by Swat Modelling in a Small Semi-Arid Watershed in Northern Tunisia
Effect of animal manure on decreasing chemical fertilzer use in degraded farm fields in semiarid region of Central Turkey
Tree-induced changes in a Terra Rossa soil under olive. Observations from an integrated field study
Assessment of gully erosion using conventional field measurements: A case study from northern Ethiopia
Mapping Desertification: Constraints and Challenges
Book Chapter
November 30, 2016

Mapping desertification has proven to be a challenging task. Difficulties derive from its ambiguous definition
and the comprehensive integration of various biophysical and socioeconomic indicators that need to be considered
in the evaluation process....

Ecological restoration across the Mediterranean Basin as viewed by practitioners
Enhancing the performance of regional land cover mapping
Journal Article
October 01, 2016

Different pixel-based, object-based and subpixel-based methods such as time-series analysis, decision-tree, and different supervised approaches have been proposed to conduct land use/cover classification.However, despite their proven advantages in...

Organic Carbon and Alkalinity Increase in Topsoil after Rangeland Restoration through Atriplex Nummularia Plantation
Soil indicators to assess the effectiveness of restoration strategies in dryland ecosystems
Multifaceted Impacts of Sustainable Land Management in Drylands: A Review
Using remote sensing to assess impacts of land management policies in the Ordos rangelands in China