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Soil Quality and Climate Change

The main mission of the Department of Soil Quality and Climate Change is to improve our understanding of soil processes in order to develop soil-related technological solutions for mitigating climate change, reducing impact of pollutants and increasing food production.

Our main research themes are:

  • Stability of soil organic matter and the terrestrial C cycle
  • Biochar technology for soil improvement and carbon storage (www.bioforsk.no/biochar)
  • Ecosystem functions of soil organic matter
  • Greenhouse gas emission from pristine and managed ecosystems, with e.g. monitoring sites in pristine and cultivated mires.
  • Impact of climate change on soil and ecosystem functions, with e.g. an active warming experiment in the Arctic.
  • Modeling tools for greenhouse gas emission from agriculture
  • Soil contamination: bioavailability, fate and transformation of contaminants, transport and uptake by plant and soil organisms, bioremediation, environmental technologies.
  • Ecotoxicology of contaminants
  • Evaluation of nanomaterials in the soil environment, both as a remediation technology for polluted soils and as a new source of contaminants.
  • Biodiversity and soil functions: microorganisms, rhizobium, mycorrhiza, and soil meso- and macro-fauna.
Photo: Morten Günther.
Contact person:

Daniel Rasse
Head of Department
(+47) 922 63 608