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Dynamic Soil Properties Team

Dynamic Soil Properties logo.Overview

Dynamic soil properties (DSPs) are soil properties that change with natural and anthropogenic disturbances and stressors including agricultural and wildland management. DSPs are indicators of soil function and soil change. Information about how soils change due to management and how those changes impact soil functions are crucial to sustainable soil management on all kinds of lands.

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  • Photos showing that DSPs are soil properties that change on the human time scale.To advance the vision of the DSP Program to deliver scientifically defensible soil information to support conservation management for healthy soils and sustainable ecosystems.
     
  • Identify DSP data needs.
     
  • Standardize the approach to DSP data collection and results.
     
  • Assist with research into new DSP methods.
     
  • Integrate DSP information into corporate databases.
     
  • Develop materials, processes, procedures to promote DSP efforts and outcomes to internal and external stakeholders.
     
  • Develop resources needed to support field staff in planning and implementing DSP data collection efforts and application of results.
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Collecting range soil samples in South Dakota.Guidance Files (CloudVault)

Note: Key references are the “2021 DSP Guide” and “2021 DSP Tiers and NASIS Guide”

Screening Criteria for Intensive Tier DSP Efforts (PDF; 83 KB)

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Shared Resources

Includes:

  • Photo Library – repository of photos from DSP efforts
  • DSP FAQ – review prior questions or submit a new question
  • Documents
    • Equipment location maps – to facilitate the sharing of equipment by all staff
       planning DSP efforts
    • Webinar, Training, and PIT Conversations (recordings and PowerPoints)

Note: Only USDA staff can access this site.

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Soil Survey DSP Projects

U.S. map showing DSP Projects for the Soil and Plant Science Division's 5-Year Plan.


 

Science of Soil Heath Data

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National Point of Contact

Region Point of Contacts

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  • Alaska: Daniel Stich, Soil Scientist, Fairbanks, AK
  • North Central: Lance Howe, MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader, Redfield, SD
  • Northeast; Region 12: Matt Bromley, MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader,
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Northeast; Region 6: Victor Cruz, Soil Scientist, Waynesville, NC
  • Northwest: Chuck Peacock, MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader, Grand Junction, CO
  • South Central: Erin Hourihan, Ecological Data Quality Specialist, Temple, TX
  • Southeast: Scott Moore, MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader, Tifton, GA
  • Southwest: Meghan Krueger, Soil Scientist, Minden, NV

Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory Point of Contact

  • Amber Kenjar, Physical Science Analyst, Kellogg Soil Survey Lab, Lincoln, NE

DSP Roles (PDF; 198 KB)