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Dynamic Soil Properties Team


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.Collaborate 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”

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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.

Dynamic Soil Properties for Soil Health – #DSP4SH

Science of Soil Heath Data

  • A project to assess the usefulness and repeatability of proposed Soil Health metrics across regions, crops and soils with cooperator agreements
DSP Contact button. Francine Lheritier, National Resource Soil Scientist, Grand Junction, CO