Research at Virginia Tech, led by Susan Day and the Urban Forest Ecosystems Lab has evaluated the effects of Soil Profile Rebuilding on ecosystem service provision to assess its suitability as a post-land development soil rehabilitation technique. Results have been published in peer-reviewed journal articles and the technique has been described in trade journal articles. Many people contributed to the creation of this specification and the evolution of the research including: Yujuan Chen, W. Lee Daniels, Roger Harris, Rachel Layman, Bill Mauzy, David, Mitchell, Kevin McGuire, Kaj Rolf, Brian Strahm, Abbey Wick, and P. Eric Wiseman.
Additional support was provided by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Research.
Day, S.D. 2016 Soil Profile Rebuilding: An Alternative to Soil Replacement. City Trees. Sept/Oct 2016.
Layman, R.L., S.D. Day, D.K. Mitchell, Y. Chen, J.R. Harris, and W.L. Daniels. 2016. Below ground matters: Urban soil rehabilitation increases
tree canopy and speeds establishment. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 16: 25-35.
Chen, Y., S.D. Day, Shrestha, R.K., Strahm, B.D., Wiseman, P.E. 2014. Influence of urban land development and soil rehabilitation on soil‐atmosphere greenhouse gas fluxes. Geoderma. 226‐227 (1): 348‐353.
Chen, Y., S.D. Day, A.F. Wick, and K.J. McGuire. 2014. Influence of urban land development and subsequent soil rehabilitation on soil aggregates, carbon, and hydraulic conductivity. Science of The Total Environment, 494-495: 329–336
Chen, Y., S.D. Day, A.F. Wick, B.D. Strahm, P.E. Wiseman, and W.L. Daniels. 2013. Changes in soil carbon pools and microbial biomass from urban land development and subsequent post-development soil rehabilitation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 66: 38–44.
Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils by Dr. Susan Day for Tree Fund (June 2017). YouTube, 1 hour 30 minutes.