Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 381–389, 2022
SOIL, 8, 381–389, 2022
Forum article
30 May 2022
Forum article | 30 May 2022

Evolutionary pathways in soil-landscape evolution models

W. Marijn van der Meij

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The development of soils and landscapes can be complex due to changes in climate and land use. Computer models are required to simulate this complex development. This research presents a new method to analyze and visualize the results of these models. This is done with the use of evolutionary pathways (EPs), which describe how soil properties change in space and through time. I illustrate the EPs with examples from the field and give recommendations for further use of EPs in soil model studies.