Experimental Flooding Changes both Persistent and Bioavailable C, N and P in agricultural soil
This research by 2020-2022 CAPI Doctoral Fellow Hannah Lieberman examines how increases in flooding, due to climate change, impact C, N and P dynamics and microbial activity in agricultural soil. A short-term laboratory experiment was carried out to examine how flood duration and intensity impacts these factors. It was found that both the stable, mineral bound and the biologically available C, N and P pools are susceptible to dramatic shifts with flooding. While it is impossible to prevent increases in flooding, by understanding how flooding changes soil C, N and P farmers can build resiliency into their land.