Soil Carbon Information Hub

A Learning Site for Soil Carbon Science

Welcome to the Soil Carbon Information Hub, a site for sharing and distributing information on soil organic matter research. Use the links below to obtain information on specific topics.

Soil carbon within the global C cycle

Dynamic role of soil and terrestrial ecosystems in the global C cycle

Primary controls on soil carbon development

Climate controls

Soil profile

Climate and soil development, geomorphology

Global Carbon Modeling

Linkages between soil order, ecosystems and climate

How do climate and plant distribution influence above and below ground carbon stocks in our planet?

Biotic controls

Microbial control of carbon flow

Oh, the places carbon goes!

Carbon fixation and belowground allocation

Secondary controls on carbon turnover

Conceptual - theory

SOM Stabilization mechanisms: Conceptual Theory

Stabilization mechanisms

Physical protection within aggregates

Organic Matter Associated with Minerals

Can Microbes Access Carbon in Soils?

Quantitative methods

Chemical characterization of SOM

Spectral Analyses

Isotopic characterization of SOM

Stable isotopes


Fractionation of SOM (biological, chemical, physical)

Mineral fractions

Chemical fractions

Physical Fractions

Thermal Fractionation

Scientific Process

Scientific Method and hypothesis testing

Scientific method and hypothesis testing

Big data - how it can be used to solve problems

Big Data in Science & Problem Solving

Observations and SOM theory

Observations and SOM theory

Partitioning of SOM stocks (methods, models, theory)

Partitioning of SOM stocks (methods, models, theory)

Models of SOM dynamics

SOM Models – what they are and current challenges

Problem-based questions - case studies


SOM storage capacity, carbon saturation


Drivers of Change in Soil Organic Matter Stocks - Loss & Gains

Soil health

Soil C contribution to soil health and climate change mitigation

Bridging the gap

Big Data in Science & Problem Solving