Soil Security Programme Projects

The Soil Security Programme adopts an integrated approach which unites scientists from a range of disciplines. 
They will develop a new fundamental understanding of what governs soil in situ for naturally occurring and managed agricultural soils.  

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The programme issued a call in May 2014 to fund several large colaborative research projects in support of the SSP research objectives.
the following three projects were awarded grants.
Any further opportunities for funding will be announced on the NERC Soil Security Programme web pages

Controls on Soil Stability

Focussing on the restoration of arable soil quality and resilience to climatic extremes and land use changes​

Prof. Richard Bardgett
University of Manchester

SoilBioHedge

Harnessing hedgerow soil biodiversity for restoration of arable soil quality and resilience to climatic extremes and land use changes

Prof. Jonathan Leake
University of Sheffield

U-GRASS

Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystem services and resilience in UK grass and croplands

Dr. Robert Griffiths
NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
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To complement the existing portfolio of research and eight further projects were funded to help address the goals of the programme.

A Bayesian Belief Network

Operationalising the concepts of Soil Quality and Health

Professor Andy Whitmore
Rothamsted Research

COMPACT

The Role of Land Management in Mitigating Catchment Flood Risk

Dr. Ian Pattison
Loughborough University

InSAR as a Tool

Evaluating Peatland Sensitivity to Global Change

Dr. David Large
University of Nottingham

Resilience and Regime Shifts in Peatland Communities

Focussing on the restoration of arable soil quality and resilience to climatic extremes and land use changes​

Prof. Richard Bardgett
University of Manchester

Resilience of Below Ground Fungal Communities

A Mechanistic and Trait Based Approach

Professor Wilfred Otten
Cranfield University

Resistance to Perturbation in Agricultural Land                         

Can We Identify and Fingerprint Functional Soil Conditions Across Scales

Dr. Aidan Keith
NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

SEFLOS

Securing Long-Term Ecosystem Function in Lowland Organic Soils

Prof. Davey Jones
Bangor University

Extreme Rainfall

Unravelling the Importance of New Climate-Rhizosphere Feedbacks Across Contrasting Land Use Systems

Prof. Gary Bending
University of Warwick
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