Book Chapter

Climate change impacts on soil biology



Canarini A, Fuchslueger L, Joly F & Richter A (2023) Climate change impacts on soil biology. In: Goss MJ & Oliver M (eds.) Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment. 2 ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 578-586.

Human activities have caused a rapid climate change affecting all parts of the biosphere, including soils. Soil organisms from all three domains of life, their interactions, and all soil processes for which they are responsible are influenced by and in turn respond to climate change. The understanding of how soil organisms and their processes react to climate changes, is thus central to our ability to manage ecosystems and develop strategies to mitigate climate change. This chapter examines the current state of soil biology (from organisms and communities to the processes they control) in the context of climate change and identifies current gaps in knowledge and promising ways forward.

Climate change; Climate feedbacks; Drought; Ecological interactions; Elevated CO2; Soil fauna; Soil food-web; Soil microorganisms; Soil processes; Warming

Publication date31/12/2023
Place of publicationAmsterdam

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Dr Francois-Xavier Joly

Dr Francois-Xavier Joly

Lecturer in Soil, Biological and Environmental Sciences