14 Oct 2021


The Munsell Soil Color Chart is one tool soil scientists use to describe soils in a standardised way.

Though we may not recognise it on a daily basis, standards are important for all of us. They help us work together, to measure progress, and to ensure quality and fairness.

11 Oct 2021


Eric at a FERARI project on-farm rice experiment field at Mampong, near Kumasi, Ghana.

01 Oct 2021


Filtration of soil extracts for the determination of K-AA.

Multi-element soil extractions, like Mehlich 3, gained popularity in recent years. Mehlich 3 (M3) is a cost-effective method as it extracts macronutrients, including phosphorus and potassium, as well as micronutrients from soil samples. Availability of M3 data presents challenges for the use of soil and crop models that are calibrated based on different soil tests.

21 Sep 2021


A visualization of map error presented in the journal article 'Spatial cross-validation is not the right way to evaluate map accuracy.'

There are different ways to evaluate map accuracy, and ISRIC pedometrician and senior researcher Gerard Heuvelink recently gave a talk on what he considers to be the gold standard of soil map accuracy assessments: design-based probability sampling.

20 Sep 2021

Soil spectroscopy is a rapidly growing field of research used to measure soil properties and generate soil data. Along with the increased use of soil spectroscopy, sound and standardised procedures are needed for soil spectral measurements, analysis, storage, exchange and prediction of soil properties.

08 Sep 2021

 

This Sunday, September 12, the World Soil Museum is open for tours as part of Open Monumentendag, a celebration of cultural heritage across the Netherlands and Europe.

Come enjoy this special opportunity to see more than 100 soils from around the world and hear stories from a guide relating the importance and diversity of soil.

On Sunday, guided tours begin at 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:15 PM and 4:00 PM. There is a maximum 10 visitors per tour and face masks are mandatory.

 

07 Sep 2021


Monitoring sites (i.e. soil profiles) of the Hungarian Soil Information and Monitoring System (SIMS) used as data points for the research.

06 Sep 2021


A figure from a paper selected for the EJSS Editor’s Choice List which shows pedometrician images used as pseudo-covariates in a model.

Two articles co-authored by ISRIC – World Soil Information scientists were recently selected for the European Journal of Soil Science Editor’s Choice 2021 list. The articles address important and timely digital soil mapping topics related to machine learning:

02 Sep 2021

We were saddened to hear of the passing of our former colleague, Mr Wout Bomer. While at ISRIC (1979 – 2010), he worked with great dedication in various capacities providing support with respect to documenting our soil monolith collection, digitization of the slide collection, as well as being our graphic designer and photographer. Wout also ensured that records documenting ISRIC events were properly archived, thereby preserving the institutional ‘memory’ of our institute.

15 Jul 2021


Board chair Peter de Ruiter hands outgoing board member Machteld Roos a bouquet.

At the June board meeting, ISRIC – World Soil Information’s leadership and managing board had a bittersweet moment congratulating Machteld Roos and also bidding her farewell from the ISRIC – World Soil Information managing board. Machteld has been a valuable member of the managing board for four years.