List of Abbreviations and Acronyms


Code Description
AAS Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
AVG Average
BD Bulk Density
BS Base Saturation
CEC Cation Exchange Capacity
DAR-Q Data Accompanying Report Questionnaire
Ec Electrical conductivity
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
FES Flame Emission Spectrometer
F Fermentation horizon
GPS Global Positioning System
H Humus horizon
ICP Inductivity Coupled Plasma Spectrometer
IRM International Reference Material
ISO International Organization for Standardization
JRC Joint Research Centre, Ispra, European Commission
LAI Leaf Area Index
L Litter horizon
LRM Local Reference Material
MBD Mineral Bulk Density
MCPFE Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe
M Mandatory parameter
NFC National Focal Centre of the Intensive Monitoring Programme
NRM National Reference Material
OM Organic Matter
O Optional parameter
QA/QC Quality Assurance and Quality Control
SAG Scientific Advisory Group of the Intensive Monitoring Programme
SA Soil Analysis method
SD Standard Deviation
SFC Standing Forestry Committee
WRB World Reference Base for Soil Resources