Soils provide several ecosystem services such as food production, carbon storage and water filtration. However, soil degradation threatens the delivery of soil ecosystem services worldwide. Soil health implies that the physical, chemical and biological components of the soil are functioning optimally. However, to measure and improve soil health, a system for monitoring is needed where climate, type of land use and the soil is considered. The overall aim is to increase knowledge of soil health assessment in Norway. Moreover, to determine optimal soil health in different pedo-climatic zones and to assess the effect of cropping systems on soil health.
We provide a disciplinary and multidisciplinary research programme aimed at advanced understanding of environmental problems and advanced training of PhD candidates in this field.