Human-soil relations are changing rapidly: Proposals from SSSA's cross-divisional soil change working group
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A number of scientists have named our age the Anthropocene because humanity is globally affecting Earth systems, including the soil. Global soil change raises important questions about the future of soil, the environment, and human society. Although many soil scientists strive to understand human forcings as integral to soil genesis, there remains an explicit need for a science of anthropedology to detail how humanity is a fully fledged soil-forming factor and to understand how soil change affects human well being. The development and maturation of anthropedology is critical to achieving land-use sustainability and needs to be nurtured by all soil disciplines, with inputs from allied sciences and the humanities,. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has recently approved a cross-divisional Working Group on Soil Change, which aims to advance the basic and applied science of anthropedology, to facilitate networks of scientists, long-term soil field studies, and regional databases and modeling, and to engage in new modes of communications about human-soil relations. We challenge all interested parties, especially young scientists and students, to contribute to these activities and help grow soil science in the Anthropocene. © Soil Science Society of America, 5585 Guilford Rd., Madison WI 53711 USA. All rights reserved.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.2136/sssaj2011.0124
Publication InfoAndrews, SS; Bacon, AR; Billings, S; Cambardella, CA; Cavallaro, N; DeMeester, JE; ... Zobeck, TM (2011). Human-soil relations are changing rapidly: Proposals from SSSA's cross-divisional soil change working group. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 75(6). pp. 2079-2084. 10.2136/sssaj2011.0124. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/15720.
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John O. Blackburn Professor
Curtis J. Richardson is Professor of Resource Ecology and founding Director of the Duke University Wetland Center in the Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Richardson earned his degrees from the State University of New York and the University of Tennessee. His research interests in applied ecology focus on long-term ecosystem response to large-scale perturbations such as climate change, toxic materials, trace metals, flooding, or nutrient additions. He has specific interests in phosphor
Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
Richter’s research and teaching links soils with ecosystems and the wider environment, most recently Earth scientists’ Critical Zone. He focuses on how humanity is transforming Earth’s soils from natural to human-natural systems, specifically how land-uses alter soil processes and properties on time scales of decades, centuries, and millennia. Richter's book, Understanding Soil Change (Cambridge University Press), co-authored with his former PhD
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