Facility for Soil-Atmosphere Interactions

The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia
What the facility does

Research in soil physics and hydrogeology

Area(s) of Expertise

We investigate the flow of water and gases in soil, including the efficiency of different irrigation systems, the leaching of nitrogen from fertilizers and other soil amendments and the generation of greenhouse gases. We also work on soil gas fluxes in mine wastes to determine field-scale oxidation rates.

Research Services

Greenhouse-gas analysis by gas chromatography, soil monitoring

Sectors of Application
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Mining, minerals and metals



Bruker 456 gas chromatograph and CombiPAL autosampler

TCD, ECD and FID detectors optimized for CO2, CH4 and N2O

Soil water characteristic curve apparatus


Soil sieving/hydrometer equipment


Sable Systems Oxzilla II

Ppm level differential oxygen analyzer

8-chamber automated soil gas flux measurement systems (2)

Takes continuous measurements of carbon dioxide and water fluxes across the soil surface


  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Okanagan Basin Water Board