UW-Madison: UW to host global soil carbon conference June 3-6

MADISON – The International Union of Soil Sciences is holding a Global Soil Carbon Conference on the UW-Madison campus June 3-6. The three-day event, hosted by the UW-Madison Department of Soil Science, will bring more than 130 scientists from 30 countries to campus.

Soil carbon is a central topic in discussions about greenhouse gases and climate change, says conference organizer Alfred Hartemink, UW-Madison soil science professor and secretary general of the International Union of Soil Sciences.

Over the past two decades, a large number of studies have focused on soil carbon, particularly on how climate change will impact stocks and flows of carbon in the soil. The upcoming conference will cover all aspects of this work, including soil carbon mapping, the assessment of carbon stocks, the impacts of various changes in land use systems and soil carbon policies.

The keynote speakers are:

-Rattan Lal from Ohio State University, an expert on soil carbon management.

-Alex McBratney from the University of Sydney, an expert on soil carbon mapping.

-Donald Sparks from the University of Delaware, an expert on chemical processes in soils.

Conference proceedings will be published in a book called “Soil Carbon” by Springer later this year.

For details about the conference, including a program, visit: http://iuss-c-conference.org/.

For more information, contact Alfred Hartemink at 608-263-4947 or hartemink@wisc.edu.