The goal of the Applied Pedology research group is to improve our fundamental understanding of pedologic properties of Canadian ecosystems and how land use and climate changes affect, and are affected by, these properties. Soil carbon and nitrogen are at the interface of land use and climate change. Detailed consideration of the ecosystem and management variables that influence carbon and nitrogen cycling processes will improve our understanding of what governs the availability of these nutrients for agriculture and for greenhouse gas emissions.

To address these questions, we use a combination of field measurements and analytical methods, including quantitative stable isotope techniques (13C and 15N). Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and digital soil mapping methods, the process information can be integrated with our expanding knowledge of landscape-scale relationships and the extensive regional soil survey information available from the Soil Landscapes of Canada database. This multi-scale approach will facilitate land use planning and environmental monitoring applications.

Contact Information:

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn

Department of Soil Science, College of Agriculture and Bioresources

51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 CANADA
Phone: 306-966-4291    Fax: 306-966-6881

Email: angela.bedard-haughn@usask.ca

Applied Pedology