Complex Soil Systems Conference
“A Path to Improved Understanding of Complex Soil Systems”
Supported by SSSA/Bouyoucos Funds, Berkeley Lab, and DOE
September 3–5, 2014
The Complex Soil Systems Conference will be held at the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley, California.
Soils are complex systems that are host to a variety of interactions between physical, geochemical and biological processes. This flagship conference will make a unique contribution to integrated soil sciences by addressing fundamentals and bridging gaps in the current scientific knowledge. A goal is to provide a motivating framework to a path towards improved understanding of complex soil systems. The conference is intended to provide a forum for in-depth group discussions, for soliciting feedback on emerging concepts and engaging colleagues with similar interests of the emerging questions:
- What are the recent advances in fundamental, experimental, and modeling studies of how soil physical, chemical and biological processes interact to control terrestrial C and N cycles and water resource sustainability?
- How can we take advantage of recent advances in biogeochemistry, genomics, multiscale imaging and computational and mathematical methods for diagnosing nonlinear dynamical processes and complexity, to study emergence of new behaviors or functions as scale changes from the nanoscale to microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic field levels?
- Can we quantify plant-soil feedbacks, complexity, uncertainty, and nonlinear dynamical and chaotic processes in complex soil systems to improve predictions in managed and unmanaged ecosystems with application to agriculture, remediation, and carbon sequestration?
Contributions are solicited from microbiologists, ecologists, biogeochemists, soil physicists, agricultural scientists, hydrologists, geophysicists, climatologists, and others working on key aspects of complex soil systems.
Complex Soil Systems Conference will consist of oral and poster presentations, group discussions, with the abstract proceedings published online, and includes a welcome reception. A synthesis of the concepts discussed at the Conference will be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.
The following 5 themes will be discussed during the conference. There will be breakout sessions to discuss the specific themes and then there will be time for these discussions to be presented to the whole conference.
Theme 1: Complex Soil Systems: Fundamental concepts of how soil physical, chemical and biological components and processes influence the soil-plant-atmosphere system at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Theme 2: Advanced In-Situ Soil Characterization and Experimentation: Quantification of critical in-situ soil processes using genomic, synchrotron, isotopic and field biogeophysical techniques.
Theme 3: Modeling of Soil Systems: Conceptual, theoretical, and numerical models to describe and predict soil systems behavior - linear and nonlinear dynamical models, stochastic, deterministic, and deterministic-chaotic modeling approaches, self-organizing and emergent processes.
Theme 4: Soil Systems and Global Climate Change: Integrated observations, models, and case studies that document how soils are affected by and also influence global climate change at spatial and temporal scales.
Theme 5: Using a Complex System Approach for Practical Applications: Theory and case studies from managed and unmanaged systems (agriculture, irrigation, remediation, natural ecosystems, carbon sequestration, etc.)
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