Our research capabilities
Our ambition is that New Zealanders use our land, soil, and water resources wisely.
Finding a healthy way to balance land and ecosystem use is critical to our future prosperity, using information and tools to support effective management of our land resources.
Our current research capabilities include:
- Soil mapping and land capability assessment
- Soil health, biology and toxicity assessment and management
- Soil carbon, nitrogen and trace element cycling, including contaminant loss
- Soil water storage and movement
- Soil chemistry and physics laboratories, including in-field sensing technologies
- Modelling of soil processes at scales from the soil profile to the nation
- Management of the nationally significant National Soils Data Repository (NSDR) and S-map Online website
We have recently greatly expanded our suite of soils research programmes. This has been made possible by funding from MBIE and MPI for new multi-year projects. 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.
The strong links between these programmes and farming industry groups will ensure the knowledge generated will be used to help farmers in their ongoing efforts to reduce the impacts of management practices on the environment.
Our soils-related research portfolios:
Characterising land resources
The go-to for New Zealand land resource information and knowledge.
This research underpins decision making around improvements in land management, identification of new sustainable land use opportunities.
Managing land and water
Exploring how New Zealanders use our land, soil and water resources wisely.
This portfolio is designed to provide solutions for more sustainable land use, to reduce the impact of land use on our water, and to help protect and restore our soils.