Soils are pivotal for a large number of ecosystem services like delivering food, fibre and biofuels, clean air, drinking water and carbon storage. Because of increased intensive land use and global change scenarios, it is expected that these soil ecosystem services will be negatively impacted. For this reason, considerable efforts by scientists and policy-makers are directed towards optimizing land management for maximum functionality in terms of ecosystem services. How can we fully exploit the multifunctional potential of soils? And how is the soil’s functionality impacted by land-use intensification and climate change?
Former occurrences of this course
- 16-20 Jan 2022: Soil Ecology: Rewilding soils – building novel concepts for restoring soils and their ecology
- 27-31 Jan 2019: Soil Ecology: the Multifunctional Potential of Soils
- 24-28 Jan 2016: Soil Ecology and the Planetary Boundaries