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Soils@Hutton - Soil and Climate Change

Not only is climate change a driver of change in soils, but soils are also a key resource to mitigation climate change since soils are the greatest store of terrestrial carbon and soils are a large source and sink of greenhouse gases. Soil management will be critical the adaptation of agriculture to climate change and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere along with the restoration of peatland soils. Soils also play a critical role in buffering the impacts of rainfall on the wider environment - whether that be flooding or drought. In particular, soil carbon is an important factor in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and we are investigating and modelling the potential impacts of climate change on this important store of carbon. We are also developing novel ways to measure soil carbon for rapid assessment in the field, including the SOCiT app.

Contact Tom Parker for further information


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.