Research at the department is divided into 6 research domains. These domains constitute the department's six research groups, which are strongly interconnected:

Soil Spatial Inventory Techniques

In order to manage soil properties, they need to be surveyed in 3D. Our research focuses on all related aspects.

Soil physics

Our research focuses on the physical and hydraulic properties of and processes in the unsaturated (vadose) zone of the soil, and on small-scale techniques for in sity water conservation rainwater harvesting.

Soil fertility and nutrient management

Our research focuses on the dynamics of nutrients and organic matter in soils.

Soil degradation and soil conservation

The research focuses on the various aspects of soil degradation, soil erosion and land evaluation that envisages a sustainable management of our soils.

Soil contamination

Our research focuses on increasing knowledge on processes that govern fate and transport of chemicals in soils, through education and research. Knowledge on mutual interactions between water/fluid flow, transport and reactions of chemicals in soils is necessary to design soil management and soil remediation measures.

Soil Genesis

Our research focuses on measure and model the formation of soils in their landscape context as influenced by climate and land use change in the past as well as into the future.

Site Specific Soil & Crop Management (SiTeMan)

Our research focus on combine cutting-edge sensors and advanced data fusion and geostatistical modelling approaches with system control technology to opitimise farm input at field/sub-field scales for sustainable increase in yield.