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 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It has a mandate 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.
ISRIC collaborates with a wide range of partners worldwide and it operates in three priority areas:
soil data and soil mapping
application of soil data in global development issues
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.
In memoriam Dr Otto Spaargaren
It is with great sadness that we learnt about the death of Dr Otto Spaargaren, our esteemed former colleague and Head WDC-Soils (1993-2009), on Friday March 13th 2015; he will be sadly missed. Amongst others, Otto was the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Guy Smith Medal, which was allocated by the IUSS Commission on Soil Classification at the occasion of the 20th World Congress of Soil Science. ISRIC staff wish to express their condolences to Otto’s family and friends.
Next-generation soil information system of Africa at 250 m resolution published
Today, new predictions of various soil properties for the whole African continent have been published at 250 m spatial resolution at multiple standard soil depths. This product is referred to as the AfSoilGrids250m data set. These productions are important, because in Africa, significant amounts of soil nutrients are lost every year due to inappropriate or unsustainable soil management practices.
This is the first call for the ISRIC Spring School on Global Soil Infomation Facilities and World soils and their assessment.
Deadline for registrations: 15th February 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 resources management and planning; soil science students at MSc and PhD level.