Session 7: From a systems analysis standpoint, what are the key indicators for detecting the resilience and stability of the soil system? What are critical factors that control the resilience and stability? Our understanding of soils in the United States is based largely on observations, measurements, and maps generated during the past 60 years. How might our current understanding of soils and soil processes be impacted by changes in climate, land use, and water-nutrient-biotic interactions? What types of monitoring might be needed to detect such changes?


Speaker: Kate Scow, University of California, Davis

Soil and Ecosystems: Stability, Resilience, and Resistance in the Face of Disturbance



Jayne Belnap, U.S. Geological Survey Canyonlands Research Station, Utah

Birl Lowery, University of Wisconsin, Madison



William A. Jury, University of California, Riverside


Plenary discussion



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