National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University
Description of the organization
The National Soil Resources Institute is part of the School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University. It was established in 2001 to provide a single national centre for research, teaching and consultancy on all aspects of soil and land resources and their sustainable management, both in the UK and internationally. It is the UK National Reference Centre for Soils. It has a staff of approx. 40 including five professorships.
Expertise and experience of the organization
Soil chemistry, physics, biology, information technology, geographical information management, environmental modelling and agricultural engineering. The Institute incorporates the former Soil Survey of England and Wales, and holds and manages national soil resource inventories for England and Wales.
Selected reference projects
Key scientific / technical personnel
Prof. Guy Kirk is a soil scientist with interests in biogeochemistry, mathematical modelling, and environmental change. He is Head of the Soil Systems Group which researches physical, chemical and biological processes in soils and how to model soil systems at different scales.
Responsibilities in CARBO-Extreme
Selected recent relevant publications
Lark RM, Bellamy PB, Kirk, GJD, Baseline values and change in the soil, and implications for monitoring. European Journal of Soil Science 57, 916–921, 2006. link to publisher
Lark RM, Bellamy PH, Rawlins B, Spatio-temporal variability of some metal concentrations in the soil of eastern England, and implications for soil monitoring Geoderma 133, 363-379, 2006. link to publisher
Darrah PR, Jones DL, Kirk GJD, Roose, T, Modelling the rhizosphere: a review of methods for ‘upscaling’ to the whole-plant scale. European Journal of Soil Science 57(1), 13–25, 2006. link to publisher
Bellamy PH, Loveland PJ, Bradley RI, Lark RM, Kirk GJD, Carbon losses from all soils across England and Wales 1978–2003. Nature 437, 245–248, 2005. link to publisher
Kirk GJD, The Biogeochemistry of Submerged Soils. Wiley, Chichester, 2004.