Climate


April 23, 2015

When it comes to soil and water, predictability is important--but difficult.

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring...

Connor Luong with his winning science fair project
February 11, 2015

Connor Luong, 6th grader from Brookfield School in Sacramento, California, was awarded a $1,000 prize by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA...

Photo of arid soil courtesy of Oxfam International
January 12, 2015

Soil—it’s what’s under our feet. But it’s also what makes sure there is food and water in our stomachs, air in our lungs,...

landscape view of agricultrual field
January 05, 2015

Runoff from agricultural fields contains nutrients that can adversely affect surface water quality, human health, and aquatic life. Nitrates from...

wheat field during harvest
October 31, 2014

In south-central Washington, you’ll find the driest wheat-growing region in the world. With only 6 inches of rain falling per year, farmers...

outcrop following Hurricane Sandy
May 27, 2014

In Rhode Island, it was a day of 60 mile-per-hour northeasterly winds. The south shore of the state was battered, beaches were eroded, and coastal...

No-till corn field
May 05, 2014

For the past 20 years, researchers have published soil organic carbon sequestration rates. Many of these findings have suggested that soil organic...

Landscape shot of Antarctic valley
March 26, 2014

If the name Ernest Shackleton rings a bell, it’s probably because of his Endurance expedition to Antarctica in 1914–1916. After the...

Lake Superior in winter
October 31, 2013

Agriculture is one of the most insatiable consumers of dwindling water resources around the world. And food production will need to increase by...

Diana Wall
September 05, 2013

Each time Diana Wall returns to Antarctica, the same barren, dry landscape is there to greet her. While most people would feel lost in this...