05 Jul 2019

This article about soil property estimates for the world (WISE30sec), derived using a pedology-based approach, is among the most cited Geoderma papers since 2016.




05 Jul 2019

Soil property maps and thermal infrared imagery were combined to map soil salinity development (1986-20916) in space and time on a global scale.

For details, see the co-authored article in Remote Sensing of Environment.


20 Jun 2019

ISRIC, in its role as Soil Data Facility of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), is an important contributor to the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS), a federated system of national databases. A common standard -or information model- is needed to enable different soil databases to ‘talk’ to each other, and this requires a common language. Various attempts to define such a standard have been undertaken during the last decade.

06 Jun 2019

New co-authored publication by Budiman et al, 'Digital mapping of peatlands – A critical review', with contributions from our colleague Bas Kempen and Laura Poggio (at the time, The James Hutton Institute, Scotland).

Earth-Science Reviews, In Press

06 Jun 2019

The ISRIC - World Soil Reference Collection forms a valuable and unique resource for research.

Recently, materials from the collection were used by Arthur et al. (2019) for an 'Improved estimation of clay content from water content for soils rich in smectite and kaolinite'.



03 Jun 2019

ISRIC colleague Johan Leenaars will be in St. Louis, Sénégal, from June 9-12 to contribute to the start of an experimental campaign to validate newly developed site-specific, multi-nutrient fertiliser products on 360 farms. These new fertilisers, containing N, P, K, S, Zn, Cu and B, have been produced by OCP Africa for irrigated rice farming in the Senegal river valley and delta in Senegal, and the Office du Niger in Mali.

28 May 2019

ISRIC colleague Dr Bas Kempen will visit CIMMYT in India from 3 to 7 June to further develop the Soil Intelligence System and its soil information products for the State of Andhra Pradesh (AP). This will be done through a co-creation process with key stakeholders, such as the AP Government and the AP Space Application Centre.   



27 May 2019

ISRIC – World Soil Information, host institute of the Soil Data Facility (SDF), will attend the seventh session of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly in Rome (5 – 7 June, 2019). The Plenary is the main decision body of the GSP. Representatives from FAO member countries and GSP partners will review the progress made and discuss the work plan for the coming year.

21 May 2019

Fifty four participants (28 nationalities) are now attending the 7th edition of the ISRIC - Spring School on 'Mapping, classification and assessment of soils'. We wish them a fruitful week.




14 May 2019

From May 13, the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Tropical Soil Science will be accessible online. The course, ‘An introduction to soils ecosystems and livelihoods in the tropics’, is a production of KU Leuven in collaboration with ISRIC - World Soil Information. The course, supported by JRC and FAO, teaches about how soil properties vary across tropical ecosystems and landscapes and their impact on biodiversity and livelihoods. The MOOC introduces subscribers to basic concepts of soil and soils in the tropics.