Carbon, nutrients and water are fundamental for ecosystem function. Managing these in an integrated way helps ensure that unwanted trade-offs are minimised and synergies maximised.
We conduct research across different scales:
- Detailed laboratory experiments aim to understand specific plant, soil and microbial processes.
- Manipulative field experiments in paddocks, small plots, and lysimeters determine how new, innovative land management practices (e.g. novel plant combinations or grazing regimes) impact carbon, water and nutrient inputs/losses and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Regional to national scale studies quantify long-term (decadal) effects of different land management regimes on soil carbon and nitrogen storage and cycling.
Quantitative data is used by others to parameterise models for research and regulatory purposes.