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AN05
Soil security and sustainable development in the Anthropocene
Convenors:
Ganlin Zhang
Yiyun Chen (Wuhan University)
Chair:
Ganlin Zhang, Yiyun Chen
Discussant:
Ganlin Zhang, Yiyun Chen
Stream:
Anthropocene
Sessions:
Wednesday 16 September, 13:00-14:30, 15:00-16:30

Short abstract:

Thinking spatially and making use of spatially explicit data help gain insights into human-soil interaction and its effects on soil security and sustainable development of human society. This panel encourages interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies from both anthropologists and geographers.

Long abstract:

There has long been a historical link between soil and human civilization. In the Anthropocene, humanity has become a more dominant force influencing the pedosphere than its natural counterparts in many parts of the world. Global soil security and sustainable development of human society have been threatened by soil degradations, which poses great emphases on a synthetical understanding of anthropogenic impacts on soil and its feedbacks. In addition, rethinking the role that cultural anthropologists take in soil conservation is vital due to the fact that soil is shaped not only by natural processes but through historical and contemporary human activities. The ever-increasing sensor data and ubiquitous geographic information provide an opportunity to visualize the previously invisible and reveal the unknown stories behind human-soil interactions. Thinking spatially and making use of spatially explicit data help to gain insights into human-soil interaction and its effects on soil security and sustainable development of human society. This panel encourages interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies from both anthropologists and geographers. Topics could include, but not limited to: soil conservation, soil security and sustainable development, farmer behavior and soil management, the influence of soil on human health, digital soil mapping, soil sensing, soil forensics, pedodiversity and SUITMA.