Complex Soil Systems Conference
September 3–5, 2014
Hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, supported by SSSA/Bouyoucos funds and DOE Subsurface Biogeochemical Research.
Complex Soil Systems Conference will be held in Berkeley, California, near Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and UC Berkeley, September 3–5, 2014. The conference will consist of oral and poster presentations, and group discussions, with the abstract proceedings published online, and includes a welcome reception. A synthesis of the concepts discussed at the Conference will be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.
Real soils can (and should be?) be studied as complex systems, by considering critical interactions and feedbacks between physical, geochemical, hydraulic and biological processes. This flagship conference will make a unique contribution to integrated soil sciences by addressing fundamentals and bridging gaps in the current scientific knowledge. A goal is to provide a motivating framework to a path towards improved understanding of complex soil-plant-atmosphere systems. The conference is intended to provide a forum for in-depth group discussions, for soliciting feedback on emerging concepts and engaging colleagues with similar interests of the emerging themes:
Theme 1: Complex Soil Systems: Fundamental concepts of how soil physical, chemical and biological components and processes influence the soil-plant-atmosphere system at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Theme 2: Advanced In-Situ Soil Characterization and Experimentation: Quantification of critical in-situ soil processes using genomic, synchrotron, isotopic and field biogeophysical techniques.
Theme 3: Modeling of Soil Systems: Conceptual, theoretical, and numerical models to describe and predict soil system behavior - linear and nonlinear dynamical models, stochastic, deterministic, and deterministic-chaotic modeling approaches.
Theme 4: Soil Systems and Global Climate Change: Integrated observations, models, and case studies that document how soils are affected by and also influence global climate change at spatial and temporal scales.
Theme 5: Using a Complex System Approach for Practical Applications: Theory and case studies from managed and unmanaged systems (agriculture, irrigation, remediation, natural ecosystems, carbon sequestration, etc.)
Abstract (1 page)
May 2, 2014
Notification of Abstract Acceptance
May 23, 2014
September 2, 2014
September 3 – 5, 2014
September 3 & 4, 2014
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Please direct all questions or comments to CAValladao@lbl.gov.