With this Chapman Conference on soil-mediated drivers, we will bring together scientists from soil systems sciences, hydrology, and biogeochemistry to discuss recent findings dealing with the role and importance of coupled hydrological and biogeochemical processes occurring in the soil system and its interfaces with adjacent compartments. Four key fields of research will be addressed at the proposed conference: 1) coupled abiotic-biotic drivers of organic matter and nutrient transformations and transport across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces; 2) quantification and improved prediction of gas flux exchange in the soil-plant systems; 3) monitoring strategies of soil-mediated processes and drivers from local to catchment scales over time; and, 4) the soil resource as a primary driver of ecosystem services. This proposed conference will facilitate an in-depth exchange of concepts and ideas on soil-mediated drivers of coupled hydrological and biogeochemical processes across spatial and temporal scales. The conference is planned for four days and will consist of oral sessions, a poster session, four open workshop spaces, and a wrap-up session. The invited speakers, and volunteer speakers and contributors will be encouraged to publish their research in a conference proceedings or special issue/section of an international journal. The conference is open to all scientists interested in the proposed topics. We will pay specific attention to attracting early career scientists and Ph.D. students working on topics at the interfaces between the different disciplines, and specifically target underrepresented groups.
The University of Texas at Austin
Science Director Biosphere 2 Earthscience
Paul M. Bertsch
University of Kentucky