Blackland scientists are developing new technologies and management strategies to improve water, soil, and other natural resources on agricultural, urban, and military lands in central Texas and around the world. The EPIC (Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, APEX (Agricultural Policy Environment Extender), SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), and PHYGROW (for a forage production-run-off) models are deployed world-wide as people seek to: increase agriculture production and water supply; improve the environment and the economic well-being of people; and increase the sustainability of land.
Dr. R. César Izaurralde holds part-time Research Professor appointments with the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland- College Park and Texas AgriLife Research and Extension, Texas A&M University. Dr. Izaurralde is a soil scientist with expertise in agriculture and ecosystem modeling. His current research aims at developing robust modeling methods for evaluating the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and water resources. His research also examines mitigation options in agriculture and energy through soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emission reductions, and the sustainable production of biofuels. Dr. Izaurralde has contributed to the two national assessments conducted in 2000 and 2008 to evaluate the impacts of climate change on agriculture, water resources, and terrestrial ecosystems. Dr. Izaurralde is Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.