Top-Ranked Priority Research Questions for Soil Science in the 21st Century

dc.contributor.author Adewopo, Julius
dc.contributor.author Miller, Bradley
dc.contributor.author VanZomeren, Christine
dc.contributor.author Bhomia, Rupesh
dc.contributor.author Almaraz, Maya
dc.contributor.author Bacon, Allan
dc.contributor.author Eggleston, Emily
dc.contributor.author Judy, Jonathan
dc.contributor.author Lewis, Ricky
dc.contributor.author Lusk, Mary
dc.contributor.author Miller, Bradley
dc.contributor.author Moorberg, Colby
dc.contributor.author Hodges Snyder, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Tiedeman, Mary
dc.contributor.department Agronomy
dc.date 2018-02-17T03:54:20.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T23:06:59Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-29T23:06:59Z
dc.date.copyright Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2014
dc.date.issued 2014-02-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Soils provide critical support essential for life on earth, regulate processes across diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and interact with the atmosphere. However, soil science is constrained by a variety of challenges including decreasing funding prospects and a declining number of new students and young professionals. Hence, there is a crucial need to revitalize the impact, relevance, and recognition of soil science as well as promote collaboration beyond traditionally defined soil science research disciplines. Such revitalization and collaboration may be fostered by a shift from discipline-focused soil science research to cross-disciplinary research approaches and issue-driven research. In this paper, we present the outcomes of an initiative to identify priority research questions as a tool for guiding future soil science research. The collaborative approach involved four stages including (i) survey-based solicitation of questions; (ii) criteria-based screening of submitted candidate questions, (iii) criteria-based ranking of screened questions, and (iv) final revision of top ranked questions. The 25 top ranked research questions emerged from 140 submitted candidate questions within five predetermined thematic areas that represent current and emerging research areas. We expect that the identified questions will inspire both existing and prospective researchers, enhance multi-disciplinary collaboration both within and outside soil science, draw the attention of grant-awarding bodies, and guide soil science research to address pressing societal, agricultural, and environmental challenges. Furthermore, we hope that the approach and findings presented in this paper will advance soil sciences by fostering improved collaboration among soil science practitioners and researchers, as well as with other sciences, policy experts, and emerging professionals (including students) to meet societal needs.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is from <em>Soil Science Society of America Journal</em> 78 (2014): 337, doi:<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2013.07.0291" target="_blank">10.2136/sssaj2013.07.0291</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.source.uri 10.2136/sssaj2013.07.0291
dc.subject.disciplines Agronomy and Crop Sciences
dc.subject.disciplines Soil Science
dc.title Top-Ranked Priority Research Questions for Soil Science in the 21st Century
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