News & Events

From the quality of the air we breathe, to the weather, to the climate we depend on, this complex system still holds many mysteries for scientists. But thanks to cutting edge technology, researchers in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate are getting new perspectives on what’s happening in Earth’s atmosphere.

Soil surrounds us, lying just under our feet, but there is still much we don’t know about the living soil. Soil contains billions of living organisms, from worms and insects to microscopic fungi and bacteria. It’s one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. This “living” soil plays a vital part in our ecosystems and food production and students and researchers here at the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and seeking to understand and leverage the power of healthy soil.

Nutrients like nitrogen are vital for growing crops - but when it leaves the field and enters our waterways it can be a problem. Scientists are exploring ways to use nature's own tools - microbes - to remove excess nutrients from the water. 

New research is changing the way the world thinks about earthworms. Dr. Kyungsoo Yoo and graduate student Adrian Wackett have documented the potential for an earthworm invasion to spread in the Fennoscandian arctic region, threatening the ecosystem. 

Feeling warm at the State Fair? We're collecting data to see if the state fair creates it's own urban heat island effect. 

Soil, Water, and Climate is going to the State Fair! Are you? Check out these events. 

Precision agriculture is giving farmers new tools for productivity. 

It just looks like a fine, light brown dust, but Land and Atmospheric Science student Persephone Ma sees the potential for something more. 

Dr. Tim Griffis is using tall towers to measure what you can't see - the atmospheric gas nitrous oxide. 

Discoveries at the University of Minnesota are changing how we use and conserve water.