Welcome to ISRIC - World Soil Information

ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent, science-based foundation. The institute was founded in 1966 following a recommendation of the International Soil Science Society (ISSS) and a resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ISRIC has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues. ISRIC is the International Council for Science (ICSU) accredited World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989 and it maintains the World Soil Museum.

In partnership, ISRIC operates in three priority areas:

  • soil data and soil mapping
  • application of soil data in global development issues
  • training and education

Current themes

Soil in focus
Podzol, Humic Podzol, West Sarawak, Malaysia. Humic Podzol on old coastal ridge, mainly derived from adamellite .

ISRIC develops a range of web-based digital soil maps, for scientists, policy makers and land users

The new World Soil Museum has been officially opened on April 7th, 2014. The museum displays a selection of soil monoliths from all over the world. Multi-media facilities in the museum provide access to data on the global soil resources.

Do you need soil information of Amsterdam, Zimbabwe, Asia or the whole world? ISRIC’s library has built up a collection of around 8000 (digitized) maps and 15.000 reports and books.

Global Issues

Combatting land degradation

Isric’s projects aim to combat land degradation and desertification.

Mitigating climate change

Land management practices can help to reduce net atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations

Biodiversity conservation

Reversing land degradation protects biodiversity.

Upcoming events

[4 December 2015]

International Year of Soil event

The Dutch Soil Science Society (NBV) and  ISRIC are organising a special thematic day at the occasion of the International Year of Soils 2015; ISRIC will present some new products generated for the benefit of the international community.  more...

[9-13 May 2016]

ISRIC Spring School 2016

This is the first call for the ISRIC Spring School on Global Soil Infomation Facilities and World soils and their assessment.

Deadline for registrations: 21 February 2016
Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 31 December 2015

The Spring School is for Soil and environmental scientists involved in (digital) soil mapping and soil information production at regional, national and continental scales; soil experts and professionals in natural

Recent publications

  • Mapping Soil Properties of Africa at 250 m Resolution: Random Forests Significantly Improve Current Predictions In:PLOS one more...
  • Global effects of soil and climate on leaf photosynthetic traits and rates. In: Global Ecology and Biogeography more ...

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