World Soils and their Assessment Course

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Overview​​​​​

This is a course on the soils of the world and their 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, update 2015), and management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises. It will make use of the facilities of the World Soil Museum.

The programme 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. Furthermore, the programme includes lectures and hands-on exercises on soil functions and regional planning as well as soil management strategies for soil conservation and optimization of soil functions. 

Participants will be introduced to and apply the international classification system the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (2014, update 2015).

Guest lecturers: Seppe Deckers and Rachel Creamer.

 

Who is it for?

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

A general background in soil science or physical geography is assumed (basic principles). On request, a short introduction module on concepts and terminology in soil science may be followed on Friday afternoon, 17th May, provided sufficient expressions of interest been received for this.

 

Programme

*Working programme subject to changes.

DAY 1 (Monday, 20 May 2019): 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

Opening of the ISRIC Spring School 2018

Group photo

Gaia 1

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

9.45 - 10.30

Introduction round participants in elevator pitches

Interactive

Gaia 1

Participants

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Introduction to WRB concepts and terminology

Lecture

Gaia 1

S. Mantel

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Soils of the World

Lecture

Gaia 1

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

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Soils of the World

Lecture

Gaia 1

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

 

DAY 2 (Tuesday, 21 May 2019): 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 , WSM

S. Mantel

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise,  WSM

S. Mantel, N. Batjes, J. Leenaars, K. Dijkshoorn

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise,  WSM

S. Mantel, N. Batjes, J. Leenaars, K. Dijkshoorn

19:00 - 22:00

Dinner in town (Colours World Food restaurant)

DAY 3 (Wednesday, 22 May 2019): Field visit landscape and soils in the vicinity of Wageningen

Download Field Guide.

Block

Topic

Type / Room

Lecturer

8.30 - 18.00

Field excursion (lunch in the field). Practice in soil geography, soil description and soil classification at various sites in the vicinity of Wageningen

Exercise

S. Mantel, K. Dijkshoorn, N. Batjes, J. Leenaars, G. van Lynden

 

DAY 4 (Thursday, 23 May 2019): Soil functions and sustainable soil management

Block

Topic

Type / Room

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.30

Soil functions and regional planning

Lecture

Orion, TBA

Prof R. Creamer,

(S. Mantel)

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Soil functions and regional planning, exercise/planning game

Orion, TBA

Prof R. Creamer,

(S. Mantel)

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Strategies for soil conservation and optimization of soil functions

Lecture

Orion, TBA

G. van Lynden, B. Zhanguo

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Selection of strategies for soil conservation / optimization of soil functions, exercise

Practical

Orion, TBA

G. van Lynden, B. Zhanguo

 

DAY 5 (Friday, 24 May 2019): World soil databases

Block

Topic

Type / room

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.00

World Soil Information Service 

Demonstration, Gaia 2

E. Ribeiro

10.00 - 10.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise, WSM

S. Mantel, N. Batjes,

J. Leenaars

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise, WSM

S. Mantel, N. Batjes,

J. Leenaars

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 14.30

Course evaluation, certificates

TBA (Gaia)

All

14.30 - 15.30

Measuring the value of the soil resource

Guest lecture, Lumen 1&2

D. Rossiter

15.30 - 17.00

Closing words + ISRIC borrel (drinks and snacks)

Lumen 1&2

Rik van den Bosch