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Soil functions along a gradient of human impact

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Soil functions Along a Gradient of Anthropisation

SAGA 2017

 From September 11th to 15th, 2017

 Inra, Champenoux (Nancy) ; GISFI, Homécourt (Nancy)


The SAGA event includes 4 thematic days and a day devoted to field visits on forest, urban and industrial experimental and monitoring sites. The scientific thread will be to demonstrate similarities and peculiarities related to land-use in the biological, physical and chemical processes involved in the functioning and evolution of soils. The originality of SAGA is to treat these aspects along a gradient of anthropization that integrates all main soil covers. After a general introduction to soil functions and evolution, it is planned to devote three days to physical, chemical and biological processes.
Each thematic day will hold :

  • (i) an introductory summary showing which is common along the gradient and what is specific to studied ecosystems and
  • (ii) presentations focused on the latest advances in research in each area.

The program combines speakers from different research institutes and universities. The last two days will be spent to (i) visit of experimental field (Gisfi, Pompey- Custines, Azerailles) stations and (ii) to modelling approaches aiming at better understanding the functioning of soils (e.g. the open plateform “Virtual Soil”). The synthesis of the days will be conducted by participants in workshops and will be presented in plenary by the different groups.

Target Group 

All scientists from agronomy and forest-related disciplines who want to become familiar with the most recent developments in soil functions and services along a gradient of anthropisation (from SUITMA to forest ecosystems)