The Pedostructure Characterization Lab (located in Scoates Hall 221) works to produce the scalable thermodynamic modeling tools that will assess the risks and benefits of using non-traditional water to help bridge the water gap.
Green water accounting: The thermodynamic state (the physical conditions) of the local soil-water medium determines the development of all biological and geochemical processes within the soil medium. Existing hydrologic models and tools provide the data needed for watershed level events, but soil thermodynamics and structure are affected by local practices that are not integrated into hydrological processes at the landscape scale. This is not well defined or characterized, and its limits modeling the processes in the soil medium. Improved thermodynamic modeling will allow more effective accounting for green water resources.
Assessing the feasibility of non-traditional water in helping to bridge the water gap: Understanding the implications of soil property changes that result from repeated wastewater applications is essential to soil health. Reducing reliance on fresh water by allowing an additional safe, global water resource for food production is also essential to our future water-energy-food security.
Watch the video below for a virtual tour of the Pedostructure Characterization Lab by Dr. Amjad Assi.
Of additional interest:
Soil Organic Carbon Quantification Initiative white papers.
The lab is interested in collaborating with other scientist who have common interests. Contact us to schedule a visit or to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org