World Soils and their assessment

Introductory / refresher course on soils of the world and their assessment (more information about the ISRIC's Spring School)

Who is it for: Soil scientists, students, professionals in natural resources management and planning


 

Daily programme:

 

DAY 1 (Monday, 22 April): World Reference Base for Soil Resources

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Welcome, course overview, Introduction to ISRIC, history and activities (link to world soil map development and current information services) lecture (C 406)  S. Mantel
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 The purpose of soil classification (Mantel), National soil classification systems and their development (Spaargaren) lecture (C 406) S. Mantel, O. Spaargaren
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 World Reference Base for Soil Resources lecture (C 406)  O. Spaargaren
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Classification in World Soil Museum WRB exercise (PC 512)  O. Spaargaren

 

DAY 2 (Tuesday, 23 April): Food security and land quality

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Principles of land evaluation lecture (C 406) S. Mantel, J. Leenaars
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Assessment of land qualities exercise (PC 512) S. Mantel, J. Leenaars
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Food production and world soils lecture (C 406) P. Bindraban
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Quantitative assessment of land qualities exercise (PC 512) S. Mantel, J. Leenaars
19:00 - 22:00 Dinner in the town (Colors World Food)    

 

DAY 3 (Wednesday, 24 April): Field visit landscape and soils

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Field excursion lecture S. Mantel, J. Leenaars
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Field excursion exercise S. Mantel, J. Leenaars
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.30 New methods for soil mapping and data display lecture (Atlas 2) T. Hengl
15.30 - 22:00

Sport event + BBQ and drinks

The sport event (15:30-18:30) will take place at Sports Centre de Bongerd, on the field behind the tennis courts.

The BBQ (18:30-22:00) will take place on the square behind the entrance to Gaia/Lumen buildings.

Map

   

 

DAY 4 (Thursday, 25 April): Soil rehabilitation and conservation; soil carbon benefits

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Soil and water conservation lecture (C 406) G. van Lynden
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Exercise soil and water conservation exercise (PC 621) G. van Lynden
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Soil carbon benefits lecture (C 408)  Niels Batjes
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Exercise soil carbon benefits (CBP tools) exercise (PC 621)  Niels Batjes

 

DAY 5 (Friday, 26 April): World soil databases

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 World soil databases lecture (C 408) H. Reuter / J. Leenaars
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 World soil databases exercise (PC 621) H. Reuter
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Wrap-up and evaluation lecture (C 408) all