15 Nov 2019

Our colleague Prof. Gerard Heuvelink, special professor in Pedometrics and Digital Soil Mapping, has joined the senior editorial team of the European Journal of Soil Science as Deputy Editor. Congratulations! 


15 Nov 2019

From 11 - 15 May 2020, ISRIC - World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on digital soil mapping, classification and assessment for soil and environmental scientists, students, soil experts and professionals in natural resources management.

For additional information and registration please see here.

11 Nov 2019

On November 5th, 2019, ISRIC and the Institute of Agricultural Information and Economics (IAIE),Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (HAAFS) signed a framework agreement on joint promotion of green development of agriculture in Hebei province, China. To promote green agricultural development, Hebei provincial government has authorized IAIE to establish and host the International Cooperative Research Center for Green Development of agriculture for Hebei province. ISRIC will help to setup the Centre and jointly propose research projects that will be funded by Hebei province.

07 Nov 2019

This co-authored paper, with contributions from our colleagues Luis Moreira de Sousa and Jorge Mendes de Jesus, presents a re–make of the Python implementation of the WPS standard. It embraces modern Python technologies and the possibilities they offer. The adoption of WSGI (Web Server Gateway Interface) opens new ways for load balancing request execution and application encapsulation, that are exemplified with modern Python technologies.

This work provides a valuable contribution to the development of GLOSIS, developed under Pillar 4 of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

30 Oct 2019

Our colleague Fenny van Egmond is in Rome (28-30 October 2019) to attend the third meeting of the Global soil laboratory network (GLOSOLAN). The network was established in 2017 in the framework of the GSP’s pillar 5 on ‘Harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources’. GLOSOLAN is aimed at facilitating networking and capacity development through cooperation and information sharing between soil laboratories with different levels of expertise.

22 Oct 2019

Our colleagues Johan Leenaars and Stephan Mantel are in Ethiopia (22-26 October 2019) to prepare 18 soil scientists, from eight universities, for a soil survey campaign covering 18 woredas (districts).

21 Oct 2019

Our colleagues Rik van den Bosch, Bas Kempen and Luis de Sousa are in Rome (21-23 October 2019) to attend the annual meeting of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII). INSII will review progress with the implementation of Pillar 4 on ‘Soil information and data’ of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

The Pillar 4 working group is developing a Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS) that will bring together soil data from disparate holdings across the globe in a federated way, using a common ‘language’ for exchanging soil data via the web.

16 Oct 2019

Our colleagues Stephan Mantel and Fenny van Egmond are attending the kick-off meeting of the EU-H2020 INNOVAR project on 'Next generation variety testing for improved cropping on European farmland'. The project is led by Agri-food & Biosciences Institut (AFBI, NI).

ISRIC will contribute to work packages on soils, data analysis and data management. 

13 Sep 2019

Integrated soil data are needed to inform climate mitigation, land management and agricultural practices. Avni Malhotra et al. discuss recent advances in soil carbon data led by the International Soil Carbon Network (ISCN) and other groups, including ISRIC.

10 Sep 2019

The data team at ISRIC – World Soil Information has just released a new version of standardised soil profile data for the world. These were derived from WoSIS (World Soil Information Service), ISRIC’s central database. The present version contains quality-assessed and standardised data for some 196 thousand soil profiles, representing over 832 thousand soil layers (or horizons), and over 6 million records. The profiles come from 173 countries.