World Soils and their assessment 2014

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


PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

Daily programme:

 

DAY 1 (Monday, 12 May): World Reference Base for Soil Resources

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 9.45 Spring School Welcome (both groups)

GAIA 1

Spring school coordinator / ISRIC director
9.45 - 10.30 Introduction to soils. History and development of soil classification systems lecture / GAIA 1 S. Mantel
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Introduction to soils. History and development of soil classification systems lecture / C4014 (Orion building) S. Mantel
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Soils of the World Guest lecture / C435 (Forum) Prof. dr. S. Deckers
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Soils of the World Interactive guest lecture / C435 Prof. dr. S. Deckers
17.00 - 18.00 Dinner at Campus restaurant for those joining for the movie    
18.30-20.00 Screening of “Dirt! – The Movie” in the World Soil Museum Optional  

 

DAY 2 (Tuesday, 13 May): Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Introduction to global soils in the World Soil Museum. Discuss the broad distribution of soils in the world Interactive lecture / Museum S. Mantel
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Description of soils in the field lecture with exercises / Museum T. Caspari
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) lecture with  exercises / Museum S. Mantel, T. Caspari, J. Leenaars, N.H. Batjes
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) lecture with exercises / Museum S. Mantel, T. Caspari, J. Leenaars, N.H. Batjes
19:00 - 22:00 Dinner in the town (Colors World Food restaurant)    

 

DAY 3 (Wednesday,14 May): Field visit landscape and soils

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 14.30 Field excursion excursion S. Mantel, T. Caspari
  Lunch will be in the field. Lunch packages will be provided.    
15.00 Gather outside soil museum for sport event    
15.30 - 21:00

Sport event + BBQ and drinks

The sport event (15:30-17:30) will take place at Sports Centre de Bongerd, on the field behind the tennis courts.

The BBQ (18:30-21:00) will take place on the square behind the entrance to Gaia/Lumen buildings.

Map

   

 

DAY 4 (Thursday,15 May): Soil rehabilitation and conservation; soil carbon benefits

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Soils and food production / Food security guest lecture / C437 (Forum) H. Lovenstein
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Soil carbon benefits lecture / PC516 (Forum) N.H. Batjes
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Soil and water conservation lecture / C437 C. Ritsema
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Soils and water conservation exercise / PC516 S. Mantel, T. Caspari

 

DAY 5 (Friday, 16 May): World soil databases

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 World soil databases (with use examples)

lecture / C437 (Forum)

J. Leenaars / N. Batjes
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 World soil databases (with use examples, cont.)               lecture / C437 N. Batjes / J Leenaars
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Wrap-up and evaluation lecture / C437 all