ProjectResistance to Perturbation in Agricultural Land

Can We Identify and Fingerprint Functional Soil Conditions Across Scales?

Producing new large-scale data to enhance existing datasets from national soil monitoring networks and distributed field experiments

Dr. Aidan Keith
NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Co-PIs & Co-Is

Dr. S. Smart, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Dr. Rob Griffiths, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Dr. Barry Rawlins, NERC British Geological Survey

Aims & Objectives

This project will produce new large-scale data to enhance existing datasets from national soil monitoring networks and distributed field experiments, employing novel environmental modelling methods to better understand soil quality indicators (SQI). Using new data and spectral approaches to fingerprint soil conditions that confer resistance this project will:

  • Determine the contribution of plant composition, soil type, and land management history, in driving SQIs and biophysical soil resistance
  • Construct multivariate normal operating ranges for key SQIs and biophysical soil resistance, and assess whether there are differences in these between climatic/environmental zones and soil types
  • Derive calibrations using spectral data for the prediction of SQIs and compare approaches of increasing complexity
  • Test and validate spectral approaches to assess SQIs and resistant soil conditions in distributed field experiments where the agricultural ecosystem has been perturbed

Links

The abstract for the project can be read in full here.

Presentations given by project members can be seen here.

Aidan is a soil ecologist whose research focuses on understanding links and interactions between plants, soil biology and soil functions, the impacts of land use and management on soils, indicator development to inform and streamline soil and biodiversity monitoring strategies and quantifying change in natural capital and ecosystem services across spatial and temporal scales. You can find out more about Aidan here.

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