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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Crop Systems Engineering Seminar Series Event

Time:
13:00
Date:
15 February 2013
Venue:
Room 3077, Building 32, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, University Road, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Janette Thompson on 023 80597280 or email J.L.Thompson@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

"Soils: a true frontier of science"

Modern civilisation depends on a thin layer of soil covering Earth's surface.  We are thinning this critical layer at a rate slow enough to prevent immediate anxiety in society but fast enough to threaten long term survival.

In this talk I demonstrate how we continue to get soil management wrong and still lack a fundamental understanding of soils. I will argue that novel mathematical approaches are required to deal with the complexity of soils, and will explore the use of exciting technologies including X-ray CT, 3D printing and use ‘invisible soils' to make soil clear as mud in an attempt to link the processes at scales of microorganisms to emergent behaviours of ecosystems.

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Speaker information

Professor Wilfred Otten,University of Abertay Dundee,Biophysics Soil Ecosystems

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