Environmental Physics is scientific discipline that focuses on determination of how environmental factors affect biological and physical processes in agricultural and natural ecosystems. Environmental physicists seek to discover the underlying principles that govern mass and energy transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system by observing the behavior of organisms and objects in the environments in which they reside, and mathematically describing the behavior in terms of environmental parameters such as radiant energy, temperature, and concentrations of water, nutrients, and other natural and manmade compounds. Research in environmental physics in the Dept. of Soil and Crop Science is addressing a number of complex environmental issues ranging from water and contaminant transport in soils to the impact of global climate change on ecosystem structure, function and productivity.
- Water and contaminant transport in soils
- Impact of global climate change on ecosystem structure, function and productivity
- Discover the underlying principles that govern mass and energy transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system
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In the realm of soil and crop sciences, research focuses on a myriad of critical areas that drive sustainable agricultural practices and global food security. Soil health and management take center stage, exploring ways to optimize soil fertility, structure, and nutrient cycling to enhance crop productivity. Genetic advancements in crop breeding and biotechnology are pursued to develop resilient varieties that withstand environmental stressors and ensure high yields. Precision agriculture, integrating technology and data analytics, aims to fine-tune farming practices, reducing resource waste and maximizing efficiency. The exploration of sustainable agroecosystems delves into the intricate relationships between crops, soil, and the environment, fostering environmentally friendly approaches. Such research not only informs farming practices but also contributes to vital policy discussions, shaping the future of agriculture in a rapidly changing world.