Homepage of the soil physics group at Oklahoma State University.
Andres Patrignani installs soil moisture sensors at the OSU Range Research Station
in support of our Joint Fire Science Program funded research to understand the links
between soil moisture and wildfire in grasslands.
Welcome to the home page for the Oklahoma State University Soil Physics program. Here you can learn about our research and teaching activities and access information related to the discipline of soil physics.
Program Mission and Focus:
Our mission is to help people better understand and appreciate the soil, the soil water balance, and the surface energy balance so that we can more wisely manage and conserve the land and water with which we have been entrusted. Our primary focus is on multi-scale soil moisture monitoring and improved utilization of soil moisture data in agriculture, meteorology, environmental modeling, and drought adaptation.
- Southwest Farm Press article on drought research: "A new study by researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences may well...provide a better way for farmers to determine when drought conditions are likely to occur."
- Press release on drought research: Researchers from Oklahoma State University use soil water deficits to create a "calendar" of seasonal drought patterns.
- New paper published in Agronomy Journal: Comparison of drought probability assessments based on atmospheric water deficit and soil water deficit. Based on the research of Guilherme Torres and Romulo Lollato.
- Soil Moisture-Based Drought Monitoring in Oklahoma: Click to view Tyson Ochsner's presentation on drought monitoring at the American Geophysical Union 2012 Fall Meeting. Presentation begins at 41:30 in the video.
- Global Agricultural and Environmental Issues: Click to view the 2012 Plant and Soil Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Dr. Bob Stewart, Director of the Dryland Agriculture Institute and West Texas A&M University.
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