WSA Course: Programme and Registration

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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), 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 and on soil management strategies for soil conservation and optimization of soil functions. 

Participants will be introduced to and trained in the international classification system the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (2014, updated 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, 25th May, if sufficient requests have been received.

 

Programme

*Working programme subject to changes.

DAY 1 (Monday, 28 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 2018

Group photo

Lecture Gaia 1

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

9.45 - 10.30

Introduction round participants in elevator pitches

Interactive

Orion, TBA

Participants

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Introduction to WRB concepts and terminology

Lecture

Orion, TBA

S. Mantel, TBA

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Soils of the World

Guest lecture

Orion, TBA

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

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Soils of the World

Guest lecture

Orion, TBA

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

 

DAY 2 (Tuesday, 29 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

TBA

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

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

19:00 - 22:00

Dinner in town (Colours World Food restaurant)

DAY 3 (Wednesday, 30 May): Field visit landscape and soils in the vicinity of Wageningen

Download Field Guide.

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, David Rossiter, N. Batjes

 

DAY 4 (Thursday, 31 May): 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

J. De Leeuw, B. Zhanguo

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

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

Computer practical, Orion, TBA

J. De Leeuw, B. Zhanguo

 

DAY 5 (Friday, 1 June): World soil databases

Block

Topic

Type / room

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.00

World Soil Information Service 

Practical, TBA

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

All

14.30 - 15.30

Digital soil resource inventories
Status and prospects (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

Dates and Venue

Venue

The next spring school edition will be held at the Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, from 28 May - 1 June 2018. We offer participants the optional  “Introduction to R” tutorial and "Introduction to soils and their properties" lecture on Friday 25 May 2018, if sufficient requests have been received.

 

Important  dates

  • Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 22 December 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 10 February 2018
  • Confirmation of participation: 12 February 2018
  • Letter of invitation (for visa application): 16 February 2018
  • Deadline for payment of the registration fee: 8 April 2018
  • Final programme of the spring school: 7 May 2018
  • Spring school:  28 May - 1 June 2018.