The maintenance of healthy soil resources provides the foundation for an array of global efforts and initiatives that affect humanity. Whether they are working to combat food shortages, conserve our ecosystems, or mitigate the impact of climate change, researchers and agriculturalists the world over must be able to correctly examine and understand the complex nature of this essential, fragile resource. These new volumes have been designed to meet this need, addressing the many dimensions of soil health analysis in chapters that are concise, accessible and applicable to the tasks at hand.
Soil Health, Volume 1: Approaches to Soil Health Analysis provides a well-rounded overview of the various methods and strategies available to analysists, and covers topics including:
- The history of soil health and its study
- Challenges and opportunities facing analysists
- Meta-data and its assessment
- Applications to forestry and urban land reclamation
- Future soil health monitoring and evaluation approaches
Offering a far-reaching survey of this increasingly interdisciplinary field, this volume will be of great interest to all those working in agriculture, private sector businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic-, state-, and federal-research projects, as well as state and federal soil conservation, water quality and other environmental programs.
Volume 1: Approaches to Soil Health Analysis
1. Soil Health: An Overview and Goals for These Volumes 1 / Douglas L. Karlen, Diane E. Stott, Maysoon M. Mikha, and Bianca N. Moebius-Clune
2. Evolution of the Soil Health Movement 21 / Douglas L. Karlen, Mriganka De, Marshall D. McDaniel, and Diane E. Stott
3. The Utility and Futility of Soil Health Assessment 49 / John F. Obrycki and Lumarie Pérez-Guzmán
4. Metadata: An Essential Component for Interpreting Soil Health Measurements 70 / Jane M.-F. Johnson and Maysoon M. Mikha
5. Soil Health Assessment of Agricultural Lands 79 / Diane E. Stott, Brian Wienhold, Harold van Es, and Jeffrey E. Herrick
6. Soil Health Assessment of Forest Soils 100 / Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, Felipe G. Sanchez, Ranjith P. Udawatta, Charles (Hobie) Perry, and Grizelle González
7. A Risk-Based Soil Health Approach to Management of Soil Lead 139 / Nicholas T. Basta, Alyssa M. Zearley, Jeffory A. Hattey, and Douglas L. Karlen
8. The Future of Soil Health Assessments: Tools and Strategies 169 / Kristen S. Veum, Marcio R. Nunes, and Ken A. Sudduth
Douglas L. Karlen is internationally recognized for his soil health and sustainable agricultural research and technology transfer program. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), editor/co-editor for seven books, and author or co-author of more than 425 refereed journal, book chapter, and proceedings publications.
Diane E. Stott conducted internationally recognized research focused on crop and soil management impacts on soil health, soil organic matter cycling, enzyme activities and soil erodibility and soil health. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and author or co-author of more than 115 refereed journal, book chapter, and proceedings publications.
Maysoon M. Mikha is nationally and internationally recognized for her agronomic research addressing soil quality/health and land sustainability. She received The Conservation Research Award from the SWCS and was recognized by the SSSA for her excellent editorial skills. She authored and co-authored more than 100 refereed journals, book chapters, and proceedings.