EARTH502

Land and Soil: Resources and Risks

In this paper students initially gain practical experience in large-scale soil mapping and in evaluating land-use capability (LUC) on a research farm. They then examine various issues associated with land use, especially its intensification, including the management of farm dairy effluent, soil degradation, and soil contamination. Soil quality is also appraised in this context. Together these topics provide an integrated understanding of some of the important issues involved with land use and the role of soil science in guiding management decisions to help reduce or mitigate environmental risks associated with particular land uses.

In this paper students initially gain practical experience in large-scale soil mapping and in evaluating land-use capability (LUC) on a research farm. They then examine various issues associated with land use, especially its intensification, including the management of farm dairy effluent, soil degradation, and soil contamination. Soil quality is also appraised in this context. Together these topics provide an integrated understanding of some of the important issues involved with land use and the role of soil science in guiding management decisions to help reduce or mitigate environmental risks associated with particular land uses.

Paper Information

Points: 15.0
Prerequisite(s): EARTH321 or EARTH322 or ERTH333 or ERTH334
Internal assessment / examination: 60:40
Restriction(s): ERTH535

Note: The paper includes day-long field work on up to 4 days (during the week) in the first month of the paper.

Trimesters and Locations

Occurrence Code When taught Where taught
21A (HAM)A Trimester : 1 Mar 2021 - 27 Jun 2021 Hamilton

Timetabled Lectures

The Timetable for 2021 is not available.


Indicative Fees

Fees for 2021 are not yet available.


Paper Outlines

The following 2020 paper outlines are available for EARTH502. Please contact the Faculty or School office for details on 2021 outlines.

Additional Information

Available Subjects:  Ecology and Biodiversity | Earth Sciences | Environmental Sciences

Other available years: Land and Soil: Resources and Risks - EARTH502 (2020) , Land and Soil: Resources and Risks - EARTH502 (2019)

Paper details current as of : 23 September 2020 12:13pm
Indicative fees current as of : 4 June 2020 3:25pm

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