1. Soil Sampling, Preparation, Archiving, and Quality Control, R.D. Boone et al. -- 2. Site and Landscape Characterization for Ecological Studies, D.F. Grigal et al. -- I. Soil Physical Properties -- 3. Soil Water and Temperature Status, W.M. Jarrell et al. -- 4. Soil Structural and Other Physical Properties, E.T. Elliott et al. -- II. Soil Chemical Properties -- 5. Soil Carbon and Nitrogen: Pools and Fractions, P. Sollins et al. -- 6. Exchangeable Ions, pH, and Cation Exchange Capacity, G.P. Robertson et al. -- 7. Soil Phosphorus: Characterization and Total Element Analysis, K. Lajtha et al. -- 8. Analysis of Detritus and Organic Horizons for Mineral and Organic Constituents, M.E. Harmon and K. Lajtha -- 9. Collection of Soil Solution, K. Lajtha et al. -- III. Soil Biological Processes -- 10. Soil CO2, N2O, and CH4 Exchange, E.A. Holland et al. -- 11. Measuring Decomposition, Nutrient Turnover, and Stores in Plant Litter, M.E. Harmon, K.J. Nadelhoffer, and J.M. Blair -- 12. Dinitrogen Fixation, D.D. Myrold, R.W. Ruess, and M.J. Klug -- 13. Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Availability: Nitrogen Mineralization, Nitrification, and Soil Respiration Potentials, G.P. Robertson et al. -- 14. Denitrification, P.M. Groffman et al. -- IV. Soil Organisms -- 15. The Determination of Microbial Biomass, E.A. Paul et al. -- 16. Characterizing Soil Microbial Communities, R.L. Sinsabaugh et al. -- 17. Soil Invertebrates, D.C. Coleman et al. -- 18. Methods for Ecological Studies of Mycorrhizae, N.C. Johnson, T.E. O'Dell, and C.S. Bledsoe -- 19. Measurement of Static Root Parameters: Biomass, Length, and Distribution in the Soil Profile, C.S. Bledsoe, T.J. Fahey etc. -- 20. Fine Root Production and Demography, T.J. Fahey, C.S. Bledsoe, etc. "Standardized methods and measurements are crucial for ecological research, particularly in long-term ecological studies where the projects are by nature collaborative and where it can be difficult to distinguish signs of environmental change from the effects of differing methodologies. This second volume in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Series addresses these issues directly by providing a comprehensive standardized set of protocols for measuring soil properties. The goal of the volume is to facilitate cross-site synthesis and evaluation of ecosystem processes. The book is the first broadly based compendium of standardized soil measurement methods and will be an invaluable resource for ecologists, agronomists, and soil scientists."--Jacket.