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 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
  • training and education

Current themes

Soil in focus
Plaggen soil (Plaggic Anthrosol, Wekerom, The Netherlands). Soil with a dark topsoil that is a result of prolonged additions of organic materials.

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

[18- 22 May 2015]

ISRIC Spring School 2015

Soon we will be welcoming about 50 particicpants for the ISRIC Spring School on Global Soil Infomation Facilities and World soils and their assessment (18-22 May 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.

Recent publications

  • A longer, closer, look at land degradation. In: Agriculture for Development more...

  • Global effects of soil and climate on leaf photosynthetic traits and rates. In: Global Ecology and Biogeography more ...

All publications