About the LUI Tool


With the onset of global food shortages and climate change, the negative effects of anthropogenic activities on the earth’s processes are becoming more apparent. From the tar sands of Alberta, to the “Dead Zone” in the Mississippi River Delta, concerns about food security, climate change and associated melting of permafrost, salinization, and soil erosion – soils are at the center of many of the world’s problems that we face today. Whether you are taking this course out of your own interest or to meet requirements, the importance of understanding sustainable soil management cannot be underestimated.


The Land Use Impacts (LUI) teaching tool which contains videos, photo images, maps, and data, will allow you to explore alterations of soil formation due to three land use practices and their impacts on soil quality carried out on the University of British Columbia campus as presented in the APBI 402 / SOIL 502 – Sustainable soil management course. The tool was designed with the intention of appealing to multiple learning styles and providing greater access to information. The LUI tool was created by a team of soil scientists, graduate students, and multimedia specialists from the Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources group with the intention to enhance understanding of impacts of several land uses on soil quality and soil formation.

In case that you would want to refer to this web site in your manuscripts / articles please use the following reference – Krzic M., R. Strivelli, C. Crowley, and S. Dyanatkar. 2009. Land use impacts teaching tool. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada [https://luitool.soilweb.ca/]


The project was funded by the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.