In October 2008, the joint meeting of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) with the Geological Society of America in Houston, TX included a three-day symposium entitled “Black Carbon in Soils and Sediments: Formation, Stabilization, Abundance, and Environmental Function”.
Nearly 40 presentations were given by authors from nine countries in four oral sessions and one poster session. Topics addressed included “Classification, Formation, and Occurrence”, “Identification and Characteristics”, “Environmental Function”, “Stability and Carbon Sequestration Potential”, and “Black Carbon and Soil Organic Matter”. Primary sponsors of the symposium were the Soil Chemistry Division of SSSA (David Laird, Chair) and the International Humic Substances Society (Paul Bloom, President). Symposium organizers were Jim Amonette and Dan Olk.
Upon learning that the presentations would not be posted by the SSSA after the conference, the organizers sought permission from the SSSA and from the authors to post them on the IBI website. Nearly all the authors agreed and the presentations postedbelow give a good representation of the overall symposium content. The agenda and a brief overview are below, and a list of all authors who presented and links to their abstracts is available here.