ISRIC presents new developments on World Soil Day

Presentation of the Virtual Soil Museum concept during the NBV-ISRIC meeting on World Soil Day 2015

It has been a special year for us here at ISRIC-World Soil Information, with many IYS2015 activities going on, but also the development of new products for the international soil community. This is why we took the opportunity on 4 December to present some exciting ISRIC work during a thematic day on soil data, jointly organised with the Dutch soil science society (NBV).

Main items presented were:

  • WoSIS 2.0: Niels Batjes highlighted progress towards a centralized and user–focused server database, known as ISRIC World Soil Information Service (WoSIS). The main challenges are the standardisation and harmonisation of disparate world soil data (PDF).
  • SoilGrids250m and SoilInfo App: The first version of SoilGrids, a set of global soil property and class maps at a resolution of 1km, was presented on World Soil Day 2013. Two years later, Tom Hengl gave a live demo of the refined SoilGrids250m product, and the updated SoilInfo App v0.6 providing public access to soil information across borders (PDF).
  • Virtual Soil Museum: Not everyone can come to Wageningen to visit our unique World Soil Museum. That’s why we have been photographing our monolith collection, and building an online version of our museum. Jorge Mendes de Jesus explained the technology behind this product, and provided some first glimpses of the virtual museum website that is soon to be released (PDF).

The presentations have been recorded and will soon be available from ISRIC’s Youtube channel.

The presentations were followed by an inspiring live address by Jeffrey Herrick, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Jornada Experimental Range at New Mexico State University on "Global collaboration to support soil health restoration and sustainable land management based on an understanding of land potential". Participants of the event were then invited to join one of the tours through our World Soil Museum.

With some 70 people from Wageningen and beyond attending, it was deemed a successful event, and considered a good means of informing our local and national stakeholders about progress in the work we are doing.