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The Value of Spatial Information and Assessment in Soil, Water and Agricultural Sciences

October 08, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Dr. Cristine L. S. Morgan  
Department of Soil & Crop Sciences Texas A&M University

Professor

Abstract

In soil science, soil development and its association with mass and energy transport, as well as management in agricultural production, has been a highly investigated topic that has included information on soil position in space. In the 1990’s, assessing the effect of soil spatial variability on processes and site-­specific farming became very topical with the availability of GPS and access to computing methods. In this arena, biophysical models are used to simulate mass and energy fluxes between the soil, plant, and atmosphere and provide a critical link between biological, hydrological and atmospheric disciplines. In addition, these models are being used to understand implications of agricultural management and policy changes on the global challenges of food, water, and energy security, human health and biodiversity. We know soil variability can affect the outcomes of biophysical, hydrological, and land surface modeling; hence, soil knowledge is vital for assessing processes occurring in the natural environment. The results of linking the modeling and agricultural-­science communities with better soil knowledge will be discussed. Ultimately, a better accounting of soil capability in the soil-­plant-­water-­atmosphere exchanges of energy and mass is vital to soil security and addressing global challenges.

Biography

Cristine Morgan is a Professor of Soil Science at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, specializing in soil hydrology and pedometrics. Her research program integrates graduate and undergraduate teaching in research projects including rapid, in situ quantification of soil properties and soil-­property driven water transport processes. She is a leader in developing VisNIR spectroscopy for field use. Other research projects include developing in proximal soil characterization by passive gamma, PXRF, and electromagnetic induction techniques; modeling and measuring surface hydrology of cracking soils; and incorporating soil science knowledge into atmospheric modeling. Dr. Morgan is committed to student mentoring and has been awarded numerous teaching and mentoring honors by Texas A&M University in addition to her students being awarded numerous national and international awards for their research accomplishments and scholarship. She was awarded the Young Scholar Award by the Soil and Water Conservation Division of the Soil Science Society of America, and is currently serving as a Co Editor in Chief for Soil Physics at Geoderma. This year, she hosted the first Global Soil Security Symposium, which brought together science and policy leaders from across the globe. Dr. Morgan earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-­‐Madison, Soil Science Department.

Details

Date:
October 8, 2015
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue

Rudder Tower, Room 301