World Soils and their Assessment 2017

Introductory / refresher course on soils of the world and their assessment

Important Dates
• Deadline for Early-Bird registration:  15      December 2016
• Deadline for registration: 12 February 2017
• Spring school: 15 – 19 May 2017.
 
Fees
Early-bird registration (until 15 December 2016)
• Reduced: 400 euro
• Full: 800 euro
 
Regular registration (after 15 December 2016)
• Reduced: 500 euro
• Full: 1000 euro
 
The reduced fee applies to BSc and MSc students, PhD candidates and staff of public (national) institutes and organizations based in ODA-listed countries.
 
The registration fee includes all course materials, coffee, tea, lunches and a spring school dinner.
 
WSA course leader | Stephan Mantel
 
More information www.isric.org/springschool 

Overview | This is a course on international standards for soils classification and assessment. It will provide an introduction to the soils of the world and their diversity, their main forming factors, classification (according to the World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2014), and management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises. It will make use of the facilities of the World Soil Museum.

The course includes a field excursion in the area around Wageningen, which has a rich diversity of landscapes and soils. In the field, several topics will be addressed including: soil and landscape relations, soil formation, soil classification, field description of soils, and soil management.

Who is it for | This course aims at scientists, professionals, e.g. in natural resources management planning, and students who have an interest in soils and their assessment for their work or study, with aspects of soil formation, description, classification and evaluation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENTATIVE PROGRAMME:

DAY 0 (OPTIONAL, Friday, 12 May): Introduction to soils

Block Topic Type / Room Lecturer
13.30 - 15.00 Introduction to soils and their properties Interactive lecture
World Soil Museum (WSM)
S. Mantel, T. Caspari
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.00 Introduction to soils and their properties Interactive lecture
WSM
S. Mantel, T. Caspari

 

DAY 1 (Monday, 15 May): Soils of the World and their classification

Block Topic Type / Room Lecturer
8.30 - 9.00 Registration and Coffee Hall Gaia building  
9.00 - 9.45

Official Opening of the ISRIC Spring School 2016

Group photo

Lecture
Gaia 1

B. Kempen, H. van den Bosch (ISRIC director)

9.45 - 10.30 Introduction round participants in elevator pitches

Interactive                    ATLAS 1

Participants
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Introduction to WRB concepts and terminology Lecture
ATLAS 1
S. Mantel and T. Caspari
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Soils of the World

Guest lecture               ATLAS 1

prof. dr. ir S. Deckers (KU Leuven)
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Soils of the World

Guest lecture
ATLAS 1

prof. dr. ir S. Deckers (KU Leuven)

 

DAY 2 (Tuesday, 16 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 WSM S. Mantel

10.30-11.00

Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Field description of soils Lecture / exercise WSM T. Caspari
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) Exercise WSM S. Mantel, T. Caspari, N. Batjes
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) Exercise WSM S. Mantel, T. Caspari, N. Batjes
19:00 - 22:00 Dinner in the town (Colors World Food restaurant)    

 

DAY 3 (Wednesday, 17 May): Field visit landscape and soils in the vicinity of Wageningen

Block Topic Type / Room Lecturer
9.00 - 18.00 Field excursion (lunch in the field). Practice in soil geography, soil description and soil classification in the field at various sites in the vicinity of Wageningen Exercise S. Mantel, T. Caspari, G. van Lynden, N. Batjes

 

DAY 4 (Thursday, 18 May): Soil functions and sustainable soil management

Block Topic Type / Room Lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Soil functions and soil threats Lecture / Orion, C3040 T. Caspari, G van Lynden
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Soil functions and soil threats Computer practical / Orion, PC8020 G. van Lynden, T. Caspari
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 TBA Lecture / Orion, C3040 TBA
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 TBA Computer practical / Orion, PC8045 TBA

 

DAY 5 (Friday, 19 May): World soil databases

Block Topic Type / room Lecturer
9.00 - 9.45 World Soil Information Service Lecture
Lumen 2
N. Batjes
9.45 - 10.30 World Soil Information Service

Practical

Lumen 2

E.Ribeiro
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.00 SoilGrids Lecture
Lumen 2
J. Mendes de Jesus
12.00 - 12.30 TBA Gaia 1+2 All
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 14.30 Course evaluation, certificates

Lumen 2

All
14.30 - 15.30 TBA Lumen 1 TBA
15.30 - 17.00 Closing words + ISRIC borrel (drinks and snacks) Lumen 1 Rik van den Bosch
Images of the Spring School