By 2050 the human population is projected to reach 9.7 billion with a quadrupling in the global economy, a doubling in demand for food and fuel and more than a 50% increase in the demand for clean water, at a time of increasing pressure to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Global soils are under intense pressure from these resource demands and the need for productive land by 2050 is projected to exceed Earth's environmental capacity by 10-45%.
C-MRC tackles these challenges head on. The research group leads major international research projects on experimental and mathematical modelling studies of the many soil processes and functions that support global food and water security and underpin global environmental sustainability. Key knowledge exchange activities, through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and with the international organisation Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), contribute C-MRC expertise that provides scientific evidence to support innovation in soil and land management.
Academic lead: Professor Steven Banwart and Dr Manoj Menon
The SoilTrEC project studies soil function and transformation within the Critical Zone, between bedrock and treetops, with several international partners. Field, laboratory and modelling studies relate key soil parameters to soil ecosystem functions at different stages of the soil life cycle, from newly formed to highly degraded soils. The objective is sustainable, science based management of this vital natural resource.
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This Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon draws together experts from a broad range of disciplines to prepare and publish complex scientific evidence within SCOPE Volume 71: Soil Carbon - science, management and policy for multiple benefits, published in 2014.
Find out more about The Benefits of Soil Carbon here