Aspects of soil physics underpin a number of research programmes in the environmental sciences section. Working across several highly relevant scales of observation (from the pore scale up to the catchment scale), we are working on both theoretical and applied projects that typically seek to evaluate the role of soil physical properties, in particular the porous architecture, on a host of soil functions. Our approach frequently uses state of the art 3-D digital image processing techniques such as X-ray Computed Tomography for visualisation and quantification.
Present research topics include:
- The role of biodiversity in controlling soil function
- Understanding and responding to the effects of soil structure on crop establishment
- Evaluating the ‘Integrated Catchment Management’ process to control diffuse agricultural pollution
- Development of nitrate barriers for remediation of agricultural leachate