Soil salinization affects crop production and food security. Mapping spatial distribution and severity of salinity is essential for agricultural management and development. This study was aimed to test the effectiveness of machine learning algorithms...
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.