Sustainable Soil Management: Soil for life

Обучение бесплатное
Сертификация платная
3 месяца
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Soil is the earth's fragile skin that anchors all life. We depend on soil to build our homes and cities, to grow crops for food and raise livestock, to support transportation and enable recreation. Yet we disregard this crucial and precious resource that lies right under our feet.

This introductory environmental studies course will explore the importance of soil to life on earth, the issues, processes and societal challenges underlying soil degradation - and what can be done to ensure sustainable soil management for the future. The threats to our soil span deforestation, erosion, overgrazing, use of agrochemicals, pollution and climate change. Learn what you can do to make a difference in protecting this vital natural resource.

Sustainable Soil Management: Soil for life
Learn why soil is so important, how it’s being threatened and what we can do to protect this natural resource so vital to our lives.
Sustainable Soil Management: Soil for life
Learn why soil is so important, how it’s being threatened and what we can do to protect this natural resource so vital to our lives.
Что Вы изучите?
  • Why soils and sustainable soil management are so important to life on earth
  • How soils form, their functions and basics of soil degradation
  • Threats to and caring for: Soil water relations, soil fertility and soil biodiversity
  • Effects of and solutions for: Soil erosion, soil pollution and soil salinization
  • Socio-economic and policy aspects of sustainable soil management
  • How you can help protect this criticalnatural resource
Coen J. Ritsema
Coen J. Ritsema
Professor Wageningen University & Research
Coen Ritsema is Professor at Wageningen University & Research and Chair of the Soil Physics and Land Management group. He has more than 30 years of experience in fundamental and applied research in the area of soil and water related sciences, and coordinating large (inter)national multidisciplinary research projects and programmes. During the last decade, he coordinated numerous EU-funded projects involving partners from around the world. His interest has been focused on land-hydrology interactions at different spatial and temporal scales, with special attention to soil physical and chemical processes, and soil degradation and conservation issues. He has published around 150 research papers in refereed international scientific journals, and is (co-)editor of 8 special issues. Furthermore, he has been granted three Honorary/Guest Professorships at i) Deakin University, Australia (2004), ii) the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Yangling, China (2008), and iii) Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering, Russia (2009). He received the Distinguished Researcher Award of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation in 2013. Additionally he is member of the scoping group land degradation and restoration of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (UNEP-UNESCO-FAO-UNDP), and involved in several other commissions inside and outside the Netherlands.
Michel Riksen
Michel Riksen
Assistant Professor, Soil Physics and Land Management Wageningen University & Research
Michel Riksen is an assistant professor in the Soil Physics and Land Management group (SLM) of Wageningen University & Research. In 1994 he finished his MSc at Wageningen University in Tropical Land Management with a specialization in Erosion and Soil & Water Conservation. In 1998 he got his first research position in an EU-funded Wind Erosion project. In this project he worked on soil conservation measures and social-economic and policy aspects of wind erosion in the northern West European region. In 2001 he received a PhD fellowship from the Cornelis Lely Foundation for a research project entitled: Making use of Wind and Water Erosion in Landscape Development which investigated the role of soil erosion processes in nature development. After his PhD he continued to work on wind erosion processes in inland drift sands in the Netherlands as a Post-doc researcher. In 2009 he became an assistant professor in the SLM group teaching planning and design of soil and water conservation measures and land management strategies. He is involved in several research projects on wind erosion.
Jerry Maroulis
Jerry Maroulis
Lecturer, Soil Physics and Land Management Wageningen University & Research
Jerry Maroulis is, since 2012, a lecturer at Wageningen University & Research in the Soil Physics and Land Management (SLM) Group. He obtained his PhD at Wollongong University in fluvial geomorphology investigating climate change impacts over the past 100,000 years on a major semi-arid, low-gradient river system known as Cooper Creek in central Australia. He was Co-Director and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments (ACSC) research centre at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba, Australia from 2007-2010 and is currently an adjunct senior lecturer at USQ's International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (ICACS). He also worked as an academic in the Faculty of Education at USQ for over 17 years preparing pre-service teachers in science and mathematics education where he received a number of teaching awards for his creative and innovative approaches to online and student-centred pedagogical practices. Furthermore, he worked as a senior environmental consultant with the environmental firm, Landloch in 2010-11, focusing largely on soil-erosion based research for a number of large Australian mining companies and Government agencies.
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