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Departments & Programs


  • Biogeochemical Processes in Forest and Agricultural Systems

    Focusing on the effects of land use change and other human caused changes on biogeochemical processes and trace gas exchanges in tropical environments

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  • Sustainable Agriculture


    Carrying out interdisciplinary studies of intensive agricultural fertilization, water use, aquaculture development, and other land use changes in the tightly linked land-coast-sea system
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  • Climate Change, Vulnerability, and Adaptation

    On developing frameworks for vulnerability analyses in agricultural and coastal environments and measures and metrics that allow identification of those areas most vulnerable

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  • Sustainability Science


    Knowledge systems for sustainable development, vulnerability of human-environment systems, and other aspects of the management of human-environment systems
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The Matson Sustainability Science Research Laboratory is interested in sustainable agriculture, vulnerability analyses of human-environment systems, biogeochemical and ecological processes in forest and managed systems, and other areas in the emerging field of sustainability science.
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Recent Publications

Anderson, C. M., R. S. DeFries, R. Litterman, P. A. Matson, D. C. Nepstad, S. Pacala, W. H. Schlesinger, M. R. Shaw, P. Smith, C. Weber, and C. B. Field.  2019.  Natural climate solutions are not enough. Science 363 (6430): 933–34.  DOI 10.1126/science.aaw2741

Hess, L. T., E. S. Hinckley, G. Robertson, S. K. Hamilton, and P. A. Matson. 2018.  Rainfall Intensification Enhances Deep Percolation and Soil Water Content in Tilled and No-Till Cropping Systems of the US Midwest VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL 17 (1)  DOI 10.2136/vzj2018.07.0128

W.C. Clark, N.M. Dickson, and P.A. Matson (eds.).  2016.  Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development.  Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol 113, no. 17, pp. 4570-4622.  Articles from the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development, held April 3-4, 2008 at the National Academy of Sciences.  Washington, D.C.