© 2011

Soil Health and Climate Change

  • Bhupinder Pal Singh
  • Annette L. Cowie
  • K. Yin Chan

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Soil Health Indicators for the Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Diane E. Allen, Bhupinder Pal Singh, Ram C. Dalal
      Pages 25-45
  3. Soil Attributes and Soil Processes in Response to the Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Zdenko Rengel
      Pages 69-85
    3. Ram C. Dalal, Diane E. Allen, K. Yin Chan, Bhupinder Pal Singh
      Pages 87-106
    4. Bhupinder Pal Singh, Vivien de Rémy de Courcelles, Mark A. Adams
      Pages 131-153
  4. Conventional Land use Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Brian W. Murphy, Ian J. Packer, Annette L. Cowie, Bhupinder Pal Singh
      Pages 181-206
    3. Surinder Saggar, Jiafa Luo, Dong-Gill Kim, Neha Jha
      Pages 207-236
    4. David J. Eldridge, Richard S. B. Greene, Christopher Dean
      Pages 237-255
    5. R. John Raison, Partap K. Khanna
      Pages 257-285
    6. Natasha C. Banning, Briony M. Lalor, Andrew H. Grigg, Ian R. Phillips, Ian J. Colquhoun, Davey L. Jones et al.
      Pages 287-314
  5. Organic Farming, Biochar and Bioenergy Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. David Waters, Lukas Van Zwieten, Bhupinder Pal Singh, Adriana Downie, Annette L. Cowie, Johannes Lehmann
      Pages 345-368

About this book


Soil Health and Climate Change” presents a comprehensive overview of the concept of soil health, including the significance of key soil attributes and management of soil health in conventional and emerging land use systems in the context of climate change.

Starting with a review of the physical, chemical and biological indicators of soil health and their significance for monitoring the impacts of climate change, this book then focuses on describing the role of soil structure, pH, organic matter, nitrogen, respiration and biota in sustaining the basic functions of soil ecosystems, and their anticipated responses to climate change. Further topics include the management of cropping, pastoral, and forestry systems, and rehabilitated mine sites, with a focus on mitigation of and adaptation to climate change impacts. Finally, the opportunities and potential risks of organic farming, biochar and bioenergy systems, and their ability to sustain and even enhance soil health, are discussed.


Agro-ecosystems Bioenergy Greenhouse gases Organic farming Soil nutrient cycles Soil quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Bhupinder Pal Singh
    • 1
  • Annette L. Cowie
    • 2
  • K. Yin Chan
    • 3
  1. 1.Forest Science CentreWest Pennant HillsAustralia
  2. 2.Forest Resources ResearchNSW Department of Primary IndustriesBeecroftAustralia
  3. 3.Hawkesbury District OfficeNSW Department of Primary IndustriesRichmondAustralia

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods


“The book serves as an excellent introduction and review of the literature on how a changing climate may affect soil health and provides suggestions for future research. As such, it will be invaluable to advanced students looking for an accessible overview of an expanding area of literature. It will also be useful to scientists and policy makers seeking an introduction or update on the state of current knowledge surrounding this important area of research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.” (J. R. Reeve, Choice, Vol. 49 (6), February, 2012)

“This book compiles recent literature related to soil health and impact of climate change. It also focuses on soil attributes and how soil properties vary in response to climate. It covers land-use pattern and organic farming, and discusses the impact of climate change and possible management approaches. This book is highly useful for a wide spectrum of readers, including scientists, researchers, teachers and students.” (Akhilesh Kumar, Current Science, Vol. 112 (6), March, 2017)