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Soils: The Foundation of Life Workshop

On this subpage, you will find all information relating to the Soils: The Foundation of Life workshop, which was held at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Keck Center in Washington, DC on December 5, 2016. Please keep checking this page for continual updates on related media.

Full Agenda with Speakers and Talks for December 5, 2016 -- Updated on December 4, 2016 (Download PDF)

Soil and human security in the 21st century paper, written by Ronald Amundson, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Jan W. Hopmans, Carolyn Olson, A. Ester Sztein, and Donald L. Sparks (View text or download PDF)


Presenter Slideshows (Click each link to download the PDF)

Jo Handelsman (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) -- The State and Future of U.S. Soils

Susan Trumbore (Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry; University of California, Irvine -- Role of Soils in Adapting to and Mitigating Climate Change

Torbjörn Törnqvist (Tulane University) -- Soils and Sea-Level Rise: Are Our Youngest Soils Also Our Most Vulnerable?

Henry Lin (Penn State University) -- Soil and Water Resources: Tackling the Last Hydrologic Frontier

José Centeno (FDA) -- Soils and Health: A Medical Geology Perspective

Pedro Sánchez (University of Florida) -- Soils and Food Security

Diana Wall (Colorado State University) -- Common Ground: Soil Biodiversity for Humanity and Ecosystems

Peter Groffman (CUNY) -- Soils in Cities

Christopher L. Meehan (University of Delaware) -- Soils and Their Role in Infrastructure

Sally Brown (University of Washington) -- Afternoon panel slides

Colin Campbell (METER Group, formerly Decagon Devices) -- Afternoon panel slides

Ronald Amundson (University of California, Berkeley) -- Final Remarks



Workshop Videos (in chronological order; hosted by Vimeo)

Workshop Introduction with Donald Sparks (University of Delaware)

Jo Handelsman (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) -- The State and Future of U.S. Soils

Susan Trumbore (Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry; University of California, Irvine) -- Role of Soils in Adapting to and Mitigating Climate Change

Torbjörn Törnqvist (Tulane University) -- Soils and Sea-Level Rise: Are Our Youngest Soils Also Our Most Vulnerable?

Henry Lin (Penn State University) -- Soil and Water Resources: Tackling the Last Hydrologic Frontier

José Centeno (FDA) -- Soils and Health: A Medical Geology Perspective

Pedro Sánchez (University of Florida) -- Soils and Food Security

Diana Wall (Colorado State University) -- Common Ground: Soil Biodiversity for Humanity and Ecosystems

Peter Groffman (CUNY) -- Soils in Cities

Christopher L. Meehan (University of Delaware) -- Soils and Their Role in Infrastructure

Dennis Dimick (National Geographic) -- Our Good Earth: Where Food Begins

Breakout Panel Discussion and Workshop Conclusion