The American Geophysical Union will be hosting a Chapman Conference on Soil-mediated Drives of Coupled Biogeochemical and Hydrological Processes Across Scales, to be held in Tucson, AZ, October 21-24, 2013.
This conference will bring together scientists from soil systems sciences, hydrology, and biogeochemistry to discuss recent findings dealing with the role and importance of coupled hydrological and biogeochemical processes occurring in the soil system and its interfaces with adjacent compartments.
Four key fields of research will be addressed at the proposed conference: 1) coupled abiotic-biotic drivers of organic matter and nutrient transformations and transport across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces; 2) quantification and improved prediction of gas flux exchange in the soil-plant systems; 3) monitoring strategies of soil-mediated processes and drivers from local to catchment scales over time; and, 4) the soil resource as a primary driver of ecosystem services.
The conference is planned for four days and will consist of oral sessions, a poster session, four open workshop spaces, and a wrap-up session. The invited speakers, and volunteer speakers and contributors will be encouraged to publish their research in a conference proceedings or special issue/section of an international journal. The conference is open to all scientists interested in the proposed topics. We will pay specific attention to attracting early career scientists and Ph.D. students working on topics at the interfaces between the different disciplines, and specifically target underrepresented groups.