135 Advancing Pedology - How Is the Anthropocene Transforming Pedology?Oral Session
Pedology is the sub-discipline of Soil Science that most closely deals with soil as a natural entity. However, the rising human influence on soils, which 'magnifies humans and their activities as factors of soil formation’, has perhaps resulted in a transformation across Pedology and Soil Science as a whole. This is because the extent of human effects on soils are literally everywhere, and the question must be asked are there truly any natural soils, or have virtually all soils been transformed into human-natural systems? This topic addresses how the Anthropocene – the age of humans – is transforming pedology and soil science.