WSA Course: Programme and Registration

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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.

To register in  the "World Soils and their assessment" (WSA) course please  contact maria.ruiperezgonzalez@wur.nl.
 

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.

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), soil functions 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.

 

Programme

 

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 2017

Group photo

Lecture
Gaia 1

M. Ruiperez, H. van den Bosch (ISRIC director)

9.45 - 10.30

Introduction round participants in elevator pitches

Interactive

Orion, C3016

Participants

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Introduction to WRB concepts and terminology

Lecture

Orion, C3016

S. Mantel and T. Caspari

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Soils of the World

Guest lecture              Orion, C3016

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

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Soils of the World

Guest lecture, Orion, C3016

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, 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, T. Caspari, N. Batjes, J. Leenaars

19:00 - 22:00

 

 

 

 

DAY 3 (Wednesday, 17 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, 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 regional planning

Lecture / Orion, P5015

Prof Rachel Creamer,

(T. Caspari, S. Mantel)

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Soil functions and regional planning, exercise/planning game

Orion, PC4044

Prof Rachel Creamer,

(T. Caspari, S.Mantel)

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Intro WOCAT database

Lecture / Orion, P5015

G. van Lynden, T. Caspari

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Use of WOCAT database

Computer practical / Orion, PC4044

G. van Lynden, T. Caspari

 

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

Block

Topic

Type / room

Lecturer

9.00 - 9.45

World soil maps and digital databases

Lecture, Gaia 2

N. Batjes

9.45 - 10.30

World Soil Information Service 

Practical, Gaia 2

E. Ribeiro

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 11.30

SoilGrids

Lecture, Gaia 2

E. Ribeiro

11.30 - 12.30

Visit workshop soil monoliths and monolith storage

Gaia 2

S. Mantel

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 14.30

Course evaluation, certificates

Gaia 2

All

14.30 - 15.30

New developments in r-spatial (guest lecture)*

Lumen 1&2

E. Pebesma

15.30 - 17.00

Closing words + ISRIC borrel (drinks and snacks)

Lumen 1&2

Rik van den Bosch