International Year of Soils 2015

International Year of Soils logo2015 is the United Nations International Year of Soils. It highlights the importance of soils for a healthy environment and sustainable human life. This year's World Soil Day on 5th December formally closes the International Year of Soils.

Soils and soil science

At the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) sound scientific knowledge of soil functioning aims to support UK and global security for food, fuel and water.

Our Soil Science Area, led by Professor Bridget Emmett, develops new scientific understanding, tools and experimental and modelling approaches.

Importance of soils infographic for International Year of SoilsInfographic about soils science at CEH, produced for International Year of Soils 2015
Infographic: Why soils are criticalInfographic: CEH's soil science

 

Soils and climate

Soils play an important role in helping to regulate climate, but soil quantity and condition are at risk from pressures including climate change and land use change. Our video and infographic explain more about soils and climate.

Video: Soils and climate
Soils and Climate Infographic for International Year of Soils
Infographic: Soils and climate

 

Soils and biodiversity

Understanding, monitoring and shaping soil microbial communities and the soil processes is important for mitigating environmental change and supporting crop production. Our video and infographic explain more about the importance of soils and biodiversity.

Video: Soils and biodiversity
Infographic about soils and biodiversity, produced by CEH for International Year of Soils
Infographic: Soils and biodiversity

 

Soils and agriculture

Improving methods of evaluating soil natural capital and enhancing ecosystem services models to better represent soil functions are important for the development of sustainable and adaptive land management practices to ensure future food security. Our video and infographic highlight the link between soils and agriculture.

Video: Soils and agriculture
Infographic about soils and agriculture, produced by CEH for International Year of Soils 2015
Infographic: Soils and agriculture

 

Our videos and infographics are available to download and share - please use the hashtag #IYS2015.

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