Staff Profile:Emeritus Professor Stephen Nortcliff
- Areas of Interest:
- Tropical soils and their management
- Soil:tree interactions, in particular agroforestry systems
- The effects of soil acidification on tree root behaviour
- The use of recycled organic wastes as soil amendments
- Manufactured soils
- Research groups / Centres:
Stephen Nortcliff joined the Department as lecturer in Soil Science in 1978, became a Senior Lecturer in 1991, became Reader in Soil Science in 1994 and was promoted to Professor in 2003 and was Head of Department on a number of occasions, most recently from 2000 to 2006.
He is Adjunct Professor of Soil Science at Clemson University, USA. From 1984 to 2003 he was chair of the Technical Committee of the British Standards Institute addressing Soil Quality and has had a substantial involvement in the ISO technical Committee in this area being a co-author of a number of standards.
From 2003-6 he was actively involved in the development of the European Commission's Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, co-chairing the Working Group on Soil Organic Matter and participating as a member of the Steering Committee.
He is also involved in the development of a soil strategy for England. In recent years he has worked on the potential beneficial impacts on soils of organic amendments including composts, sewage sludge and anaerobic digestates and the procedures to ensure these materials are suitable for land application. He has a long standing interest in the manufacture of soils from waste materials.
Since retirement he has been working with a charity ‘Wherever the Need’, which aims to provide sanitation for households and Schools in parts of India and Africa using Ecosan toilets. He is advising on the use of composted faeces and urine from these toilets as soil amendments to increase crop yields for smallholder farmers.
From 2002 to 2010 Stephen held the position of Secretary General of the International Union of Soil Sciences, and is now the chair of the IUSS Budget and Finance Committee.
YNumber of items: 42.
- Gregory, P. J. and Nortcliff, S., eds. (2013) Soil conditions and plant growth. 12th edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp461. ISBN 9781405197700
- Blum, W. E.H. and Nortcliff, S. (2013) Soils and food security. In: Brevick, E. C. and Burgess, L. C. (eds.) Soils and human health. CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp. 299-321. ISBN 9781439844540
- Nortcliff, S. and Gregory, P. J. (2013) The historical development of studies of soil-plant interactions. In: Gregory, P. J. and Nortcliff, S. (eds.) Soil conditions and plant growth. 12th edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 1-21. ISBN 9781405197700
- Gregory, P. J. and Nortcliff, S. (2013) The new challenge - sustainable production in a changing environment. In: Gregory, P. J. and Nortcliff, S. (eds.) Soil conditions and plant growth. 12th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 417-448. ISBN 9781405197700
- Mubarak, A.R., Abdalla, M.H. and Nortcliff, S. (2012) Millet (Pennisetum typhoides) yield and selected soil attributes as influenced by some tree types of the semi-arid tropics of Sudan. Journal of Arid Environments, 77 (1). pp. 96-102. ISSN 0140-1963 doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.10.008
- Nortcliff, S. (2012) Soils and food security. Nigerian Journal of Technological Research, 7. pp. 1-12.
- Nortcliff, S. (2012) The importance of humic substances in the European soil protection strategy. In: Drozd, J., Weber, J., Jamroz, E. and Bekier, J. (eds.) Humic Substances in Ecosystems: Keynote lectures presented at the HSE9 Conference. Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Warsaw, pp. 59-70.
- Nortcliff, S., Black, E. and Potter, R. (2011) Current water demands and future strategies under changing climatic conditions. In: Mithen, S. and Black, E. (eds.) Water, Life and Civilisation: Climate, Environment and Society in the Jordan Valley. International Hydrology Series. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 403-414. ISBN 9780521769570
- Darmame, K., Nortcliff, S. and Potter, R. (2011) The role of water and land management policies in contemporary socio-economic development in Wadi Faynan. In: Mithen, S. and Black, E. (eds.) Water, Life and Civilisation: Climate, Environment and Society in the Jordan Valley. International Hydrology Series. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 442-454. ISBN 9780521769570
- Carr, G., Potter, R. B. and Nortcliff, S. (2011) Water reuse for irrigation in Jordan: perceptions of water quality among farmers. Agricultural Water Management, 98 (5). pp. 847-854. ISSN 0378-3774 doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2010.12.011
- Adisa, S. J. and Nortcliff, S. (2011) Carbon fractions associated with silt-size particles in surface and subsurface soil horizons. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 75 (1). pp. 79-91. ISSN 0361-5995 doi: 10.2136/sssaj2009.0081
- Blum, W. and Nortcliff, S. (2011) Soils for the production of food and/or renewable energy: the future perspectives. Annals of Agrarian Science, 9 (4). pp. 9-15. ISSN 1512-1887
- Carr, G., Nortcliff, S. and Potter, R. B. (2011) Water reuse for irrigation in Jordan: plant beneficial nutrients, farmers’ awareness and management strategies. Water Science and Technology, 63 (1). pp. 10-15. ISSN 0273-1223 doi: 10.2166/wst.2011.002
- Potter, R. B., Darmame, K. and Nortcliff, S. (2010) Issues of water supply and contemporary urban society: the case of Greater Amman, Jordan. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Part A, 368 (1931). pp. 5299-5313. ISSN 1364-503X doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0182
- Carr, G., Nortcliff, S. and Potter, R. B. (2010) Water reuse for irrigated agriculture in Jordan: challenges of soil sustainability and the role of management strategies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 368 (1931). pp. 5315-5321. ISSN 1364-503X doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0181
- Samaras, V., Tsadilas, C. D., Stamatiadis, S. and Nortcliff, S. (2010) Effects of biosolids from tomato processing on soil fertility and wheat growth in a Greek alfisol. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 173 (2). pp. 252-259. ISSN 1436-8730 doi: 10.1002/jpln.200800111
- Nortcliff, S. (2010) Soils of the tropics. In: Dion, P. (ed.) Soil Biology and Agriculture in the Tropics. Soil Biology (21). Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9783642050756 doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-05076-3_1
- Donner, E., Broos, K., Heemsbergen, D., Warne, M. S. J., McLaughlin, M.J., Hodson, M. E. and Nortcliff, S. (2010) Biological and chemical assessment of zinc ageing in field soils. Environmental Pollution, 158 (1). pp. 339-345. ISSN 0269-7491 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2009.06.034
- Mubarak, A. R. and Nortcliff, S. (2010) Calcium carbonate solubilization through H-proton release from some legumes grown in calcareous saline-sodic soils. Land Degradation and Development, 21 (1). pp. 29-39. ISSN 1085-3278 doi: DOI:10.1002/ldr.962
- Potter, R. B., Darmame, K., Barham, N. and Nortcliff, S. (2009) "Ever-growing Amman", Jordan: Urban expansion, social polarisation and contemporary urban planning issues. Habitat International, 33 (1). pp. 81-92. ISSN 0197-3975 doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2008.05.005
- Nortcliff, S. (2009) The Soil: Nature, Sustainable Use, Management, and Protection - An Overview. Gaia-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 18 (1). pp. 58-68. ISSN 0940-5550
- Mithen, S., Jenkins, E., Jamjoum, K., Nuimat, S., Nortcliff, S. and Finlayson, B. (2008) Experimental crop growing in Jordan to develop methodology for the identification of ancient crop irrigation. World Archaeology, 40 (1). pp. 7-25. ISSN 0043-8243 doi: 10.1080/00438240701843561
- Nortcliff, S. (2008) Progress in the European Union and England towards a soil protection strategy. SEESOIL, 17. pp. 49-56.
- Carr, G., Nortcliff, S. and Potter, R.B. (2008) Water reuse for irrigated agriculture in Jordan: what is waste about waste about wastewater? Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant, 3 (1). pp. 30-35. ISSN 1752-7260 doi: 10.1179/175272608X360247
- Ngailo, J.A. and Nortcliff, S. (2007) Learning from Wasukuma ethnopedology: an indigenous well-established system for transfer of agro-technology in Tanzania. Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, 6 (1). pp. 64-75. ISSN 1683-0296
- Vanguelova, E. I., Nortcliff, S., Moffat, A. J. and Kennedy, F. (2007) Short-term effects of manipulated increase in acid deposition on soil, soil solution chemistry and fine roots in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) stand on a podzol. Plant and Soil, 294 (1-2). pp. 41-54. ISSN 0032-079X doi: 10.1007/s11104-007-9225-5
- Carr, G., Nortcliff, S. and Potter, R.B. (2007) Treated wastewater reuse for irrigated agriculture in Jordan: what is waste about wastewater? In: Proceedings of the International Water Association Conference on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse for Sustainability, Antwerp, p. 7.
- Potter, R.B., Barham, N., Darmame, K. and Nortcliff, S. (2007) An introduction to the urban geography of Amman, Jordan. Reading Geographical Paper, 182. 29pp. ISSN 0305-5914
- Potter, R.B., Darmame, K. and Nortcliff, S. (2007) The provision of urban water under conditions of 'water stress', privatisation and de-privatisation. Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant, 2. pp. 52-54. ISSN 1752-7279
- Ampontuah, E. O., Robinson, J. S. and Nortcliff, S. (2006) Assessment of soil particle redistribution on two contrasting cultivated hillslopes. Geoderma, 132 (3-4). pp. 324-343. ISSN 0016-7061 doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2005.05.014
- Amlinger, F., Peyr, S., Geszti, J., Dreher, P., Weinfurtner, K. and Nortcliff, S. (2006) Evaluierung der nachhaltig positiven Wirkung von Kompost auf die Fruchtbarkeit und Produktivität von Böden. Lebensministerium, Vienna, pp245.
- Nortcliff, S. (2006) Is successful development of the Brazilian Amazon possible without knowledge of the soil and soil response to development? In: Posey, D.A. and Balick, M.J. (eds.) Human Impacts on Amazonia - the role of traditional ecological knowledge in conservation and development. Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 146-157.
- Nortcliff, S. (2005) Are sustainable soil management and increased food security mutually exclusive? In: Imeson, A.C. (ed.) Strategies, Science and Law for the Conservation of the World Soil Resources. SCAPE and Agricultural University of Iceland, Reykjavik, pp. 97-103.
- Vanguelova, E. I., Nortcliff, S., Moffat, A. J. and Kennedy, F. (2005) Morphology, biomass and nutrient status of fine roots of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) as influenced by seasonal fluctuations in soil moisture and soil solution chemistry. Plant and Soil, 270 (1-2). pp. 233-247. ISSN 0032-079X doi: 10.1007/s11104-004-1523-6
- Nortcliff, S. (2005) Soil and water quality - interrelationships and international context. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Soil, Water and Environmental Quality - Issues and Strategies, Delhi, pp. 347-353.
- Nortcliff, S. (2005) Soil organic matter - the potential benefits and necessary precautions required in the use of composts and biosolids as soil amendments in agroecosystems. In: Yang, J.E., Sa, T.M. and Kim, J.J. (eds.) Application of the Emerging Soil Researches to the Conservation of Agricultural Ecosystems. KSSSF-KSAE-RDA, Seoul, pp. 81-93.
- Lambkin, D.C., Evans, T.D., Nortcliff, S. and White, T.C., (2004) HORIZONTAL WP2: Towards producing harmonised methods, with quantified precision, for sampling sludges, treated biowastes and soils in the landscape. UNSPECIFIED
- Gawlik, B. M., van der Sloot, H. A., Ulberth, F., Nortcliff, S., Simonart, T., Cooper, B., Leschber, R., Andersen, K. and Wichman, K. (2004) On the development of horizontal CEN standards supporting the implementation of EU directives on sludge, soil and biowaste - Project HORIZONTAL. Trac-Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 23 (10-11). pp. 686-703. ISSN 0165-9936 doi: 10.1016/j.trac.2004.07.011
- Lambkin, D., Nortcliff, S. and White, T. (2004) The importance of precision in sampling sludges, biowastes and treated soils in a regulatory framework. Trac-Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 23 (10-11). pp. 704-715. ISSN 0165-9936 doi: 10.1016/j.trac.2004.08.008
- Nortcliff, S. and Amlinger, F. (2003) Compost impacts on soil biology anti-phytopathogenic potential. In: Amlinger, F., Dreher, P., Nortcliff, S. and Weinfurtner, K. (eds.) Applying Composts: Benefits and Needs. Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria and European Commission, pp. 147-152.
- Nortcliff, S. and Amlinger, F. (2003) N and C pools - what is their fate in compost amended systems? In: Amlinger, F., Dreher, P., Nortcliff, S. and Weinfurtner, K. (eds.) Applying Composts: Benefits and Needs. Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria and European Commission, pp. 19-36.
- Nortcliff, S. (2003) Some considerations on threats to soil and its protection in Europe. Bulletin of the European Land and Soil Alliance (6/11/03). pp. 3-4.