From 18 to 22 May, ISRIC – World Soil Information successfully organized the third ISRIC Spring School which attracted 48 participants from 30 countries. During the Spring School, participants were introduced to world soils, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and visualisation, digital soil mapping and soil-web services.
Two courses were run in parallel: Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF) and World Soils and their Assessment (WSA). The GSIF course introduced participants to geostatisical methods for soil mapping, quantification of uncertainty in soil modelling, regression modelling for digital soil mapping, 3D soil mapping with the GSIF package for the statistical software R, and visualisation of soil data in Google Earth. The WSA course introduced participants to the soils of the world, soil description and classification, which included a field trip to study the soils in the surroundings of Wageningen, world soil databases, soil fertility and soils in relation land degradation and conservation.
Guest lectures were given by Dr. Dick Brus and Dr. Marius Heinen from Alterra, Dr. Henk van Reuler of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen UR, and Prof. Dr. Seppe Deckers from the KU Leuven.