Soils at Manaaki Whenua

Our Research

At Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research we have recently greatly expanded our suite of soils research programmes, due to successful funding bids for new multi-year projects from MBIE and MPI. As shown in the Figure below, these new programmes will help us answer some of the big questions in soil research and will have impacts for generations to come.

MWLR Soils Research

MWLR Soils Research (click to enlarge)

The strong linkages of these programmes with farming industry groups will ensure application of the knowledge generated to help farmers in their ongoing efforts to reduce the impacts of management practices on the environment.

Explore the following pages to get more specific information on the soils research we do:

  • The Soils and Landscapes area
    Our research looks at the complex inter-relationships that control the response of soils and landscapes to climatic and human-induced pressures, evaluating current risk, and offering sustainable land use and natural resource allocation options.

  • Characterising Land Resources Portfolio
    The Portfolio is responsible for the stewardship of data and infrastructure associated with our nationally significant land and soil databases, including the acquisition of new data. Our role is to enhance the quality, accuracy, spatial coverage, and accessibility of soil and land information.

  • Managing Land and Water Portfolio
    This research enables industries and land managers to improve the alignment between land use and key environmental social, economic, and cultural goals. Strategies to minimise, buffer or mitigate adverse environmental impacts from using and developing land (e.g. agriculture, tourism, energy production, mining, timber, transport) help maintain a comparative advantage in competitive global markets, and improve the health of our land and water assets.

  • National Land Resource Centre 
    A ‘one stop shop’ for providing information for policy, business and science practitioners, coordinating engagement and foresight into future issues, as well as undertaking capacity building across the sectors. Publishes reports and has a searchable catalogue of land-related information (datasets, tools, publication technologies and organisations). Over 100 of these relate to soil.