Technical Committee on Soil Systems and Critical Zone Processes

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Soil SWIRL at the AGU 2014 fall meeting

To continue to promote interdisciplinary collaboration at Fall Meeting, the 2013 AGU Program Committee identified the SWIRL theme "Global Soils"

Soils are part of the Critical Zone, and are both responders and drivers of the most critical environmental changes facing the earth during the Anthropocene. Controls on soil organic matter and C-cycling processes have dominated these discipline-specific sessions. The soils SWIRL accounts for all aspects of the complexity of the soil system including erosion, dust production, soils in water transport and chemistry, isotopic analyses, pedogenic processes affected by volcanism, physical, chemical and biological composition, fertility, greenhouse gas production, and weathering. The soils SWIRL theme will provide bridges of interdisciplinarity and communication across the AGU membership to characterize and quantify soil processes from microbial to pedogenic scales.

AGU Biogeosciences Section Newsletter: Autumn 2013

This year our section will be making the first presentation of the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring to Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., at the Biogeosciences Section Luncheon, held at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Steltzer's outstanding creativity in teaching and her devotion to students are deserving of this honor. Read more.

AGU Chapman conference, Tucson, AZ, USA | 21-24 october 2013

Chapman conference

The Technical committee on soil systems and critical zone processes will host a Chapman Conference on Soil-mediated Drivers of Coupled Biogeochemical and Hydrological Processes Across Scales. The conference will be held in Biosphere II, Tucson, AZ 21-24 October 2013: . This conference will facilitate an in-depth exchange of concepts and ideas on soil-mediated drivers of coupled hydrological and biogeochemical processes across spatial and temporal scales. Scientists from soil systems sciences, hydrology, and biogeochemistry will discuss these recent findings at the interface of soil, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. Four key fields of research will be addressed:

  1. coupled abiotic-biotic drivers of organic matter and nutrient transformations and transport across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces
  2. quantification and improved prediction of gas flux exchange in the soil-plant systems
  3. monitoring strategies of soil-mediated processes and drivers from local to catchment scales over time
  4. the soil resource as a primary driver of ecosystem services.

The conference is planned for four days and will consist of oral sessions, a poster session, four open workshop spaces, and a wrap-up session. The invited speakers, and volunteer speakers and contributors will be encouraged to publish their research in a conference proceedings or special issue/section of an international journal. The conference is open to all scientists interested in the proposed topics. We will pay specific attention to attracting early career scientists and Ph.D. students working on topics at the interfaces between the different disciplines, and specifically target underrepresented groups.

Minutes of annual meeting

December 2012

Soils at the 2012 Fall AGU Meeting

  • Total of 530 talks and posters on soils
  • 230 in the biogeosciences section program
  • 170 in the hydrology section program
  • 120 in programs of other sections

Sessions prominently featuring soils systems and critical zone processes studies

  • Altered Nutrient Cycling in High-Latitude Ecosystems
  • Belowground Carbon Allocation: Responses, Allocation Strategies, and Coupled Biogeochemical Interactions
  • Biosphere-Atmosphere Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Environmental Vadose Zone Hydrology
  • From Plant Litter Decay to Soil Organic Matter Formation: The Missing Nexus
  • Global Change and the Biogeochemistry of Dryland Ecosystems
  • Global Soil Change: New Frontiers for the Biogeosciences
  • Insights to the Modern and Palaeo Carbon Cycle: Isotopic and Biomarker Perspectives
  • Integrating Microbial Processes Into Ecosystem Models of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling II Posters
  • Measurement and Modeling of N2O Fluxes and the Coupling with CO2 and CH4 Fluxes
  • Measurement and Modeling of Root-Zone Processes Influencing Water, Carbon, and Nitrogen Cycles at Various Scales
  • Modeling and Observation of the Terrestrial Hydrological Cycle to Capture Multiscale Complexity of Land-Atmosphere Interactions
  • Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems: Monitoring, Modeling, and Data Assimilation
  • Pushing the Envelope in Remote Sensing for Hydrology: SMOS and Future Mission/Sensor Concepts Remote Sensing Applications in Hydrology
  • Rock to Sediment: Biotic, Lithologic, and Climatic Controls on Regolith Production, Mixing, and Transport
  • Root and Microbial Interactions That Influence SOM Formation and Stabilization
  • Soil Organic Matter and Carbon Sequestration in the Anthropocene
  • Soil: The Terrestrial Critical Zone Biogeoreactor
  • Surface Hydrology Posters
  • The Bioatmospheric N Cycle: N Emissions, Transformations, Deposition, and Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts
  • The Deep Critical Zone and the Inception of Surface Processes
  • Understanding Process Dynamics in the Critical Zone at Different Scales

Committee meeting at the Fall AGU 2013

The meeting will take place on 10 Dec 2013 from 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM in Moscone North 110. Annual Technical Committee meetings will be conducted by section and committee chairs. A LCD projector and screen will be available

Oral Presentations made at the AGU Chapman Conference "Soil-mediated drivers of coupled biogeochemical and hydrological processes across scales"

Session 1: Coupled abiotic-biotic drivers of organic matter and nutrient transformations and transport across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces

Session 2: Gas-flux exchanges in soil-plant systems

Session 3: Monitoring strategies of soil-mediated processes and drivers from local to catchment scales over time

Session 4: Soil resource as a primary driver of ecosystem services

AGU partners with SSSA

Soil Science Society of America and the American Geophysical Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster scientific opportunities and joint activities for the membership of both organizations. SSSA members can register for the AGU meetings, Dec 3-8, San Francisco, with member rates.