Soils at Landcare Research

Our Research

  • 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.

Our Soils People

  • The Soils and Landscapes team
    The Soils & Landscapes team is involved in research that enhances understanding of the complex interrelationships 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.
  • Informatics
    The Informatics Team brings together individuals with cross-disciplinary ideas and expertise spanning the fields of ecology, systematics, genomics, land resources, geoinformatics, remote sensing, and computer science.

Landcare Research's Soils Laboratories

Key publications, audio, etc.

  • Soil Horizons Newsletter
    Issues covered by Soil Horizons include soil quality, land rehabilitation, impacts of wastewaters, nitrates, pesticides, and heavy metals on the environment, cropland erosion and soil degradation, non-point source pollution on land and water resources, and greenhouse gases (published annually).
  • Visual Soil Assessment guides
    The VSA Field Guide contains all the information necessary to carry out VSA on your land.
  • Soil Science
    A series of interviews with Pierre Roudier on RadioNZ starting on Monday 9th March 2015.
  • New Zealand's rich diversity of soils
    Interview with Craig Ross on RadioNZ on 10th September 2015.
  • Landcare Research Science Publications
    Search Landcare Research's science publications database.
  • Manaaki Whenua Press
    Soil-related books and monographs published by Manaaki Whenua Press.
  • Search Site
    Search the Landcare Research website.