New paper on urban soil rehabilitation

STE_coverYujuan Chen just had her third paper published from her dissertation.  Yujuan is now with the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome Italy.

Chen, Y., Day, S.D., Wick, A.F., McGuire, K.J. 2014. Influence of urban land development and subsequent soil rehabilitation on soil aggregates, carbon, and hydraulic conductivity, Science of The Total Environment, 494-495: 329–336, 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.099.

Paper highlights:

  • Urban land development reduces soil macroaggregates and permeability.
  • Can subsurface soil rehabilitation with compost mitigate these effects?
  • Soil rehabilitation does not measurably enhance aggregate formation within 5 years.
  • Soil rehabilitation does improve subsurface hydraulic conductivity.
  • Urban soil ecosystem service provision is strongly management dependent.



Dr. Kevin McGuire is an associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and the associate director for the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech.

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