Soils & landscapes
The Soils & Landscapes team is involved in research that enhances understanding of the complex interrelationships that control the response of soils and landscapes to climatic and human-induced pressures, evaluating current risk, and offering sustainable land use and natural resource allocation options.
Soils, landscapes and natural resources (such as water) underpin natural and managed ecosystems. They provide ecosystem services on which we rely for agriculture and forestry and act as a platform for communities, infrastructure, and the national identity on which our culture and tourist trade is based. Current land uses, intensification, the changing geographic pattern of our land uses, as well as climate change and variability, are putting increasing pressures on our soils, landscapes, and natural resources threatening our ability to sustain the critical functions on which we depend.
The Soils & Landscapes team comprises more than 40 staff, at five sites across New Zealand. We also offer laboratory analytical services through the Environmental Chemistry laboratory in Palmerston North, Soil Physics laboratory in Hamilton, and the Ecotoxicology laboratory at Lincoln.