10 Sep 2020

Early September, we welcomed CLIFF-GRADS awardee Maria Eliza Turek, a PhD candidate from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, as guest researcher.  Maria has a background in soil physics and environmental modelling and will mainly contribute to projects on ‘Mapping derived soil hydrological properties using machine learning’ and ‘Mapping soil organic carbon change to support climate change mitigation’.

Like other colleagues, Maria will be mainly working from her new 'home' in Wageningen in view of current COVID-related restrictions.

01 Sep 2020

Today was the kick-off meeting for the Soil4Africa project. Funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, Soils4Africa will put in place by 2024 an Open-data Soil Information System (SIS). The SIS will enable farmers, agri-businesses, scientists, and policymakers in their efforts towards sustainable intensification of agriculture and boosting food security; by improving the quality and availability of African soil data. ISRIC is leading the Soils4Africa consortium.

The Soils4Africa project aims to:

21 Aug 2020

New paper by Andri Baltensweiler, Gerard B.M. Heuvelink, Marc Hanewinkel and Loren Walther on 'Microtopography shapes soil pH in flysch regions across Switzerland' published in Geoderma.

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14 Aug 2020

New paper by Feng Liu, David G.Rossiter, Gan-Lin Zhang and De-ChengLi on 'A soil colour map of China' published in Geoderma.

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05 Aug 2020

Today we released an expanded webtool for visualising, querying and downloading of world soil data. The initial version, released in early 2020, focused on a new series of soil property maps generated using SoilGrids. In addition to this, the expanded version also presents the underpinning soil profile data as derived from WoSIS.



09 Jul 2020

ISRIC’s Soil Data Hub, our central location for searching and downloading digital soil data from around the world, has recently been updated in collaboration with GeoCat. The service is provided by ISRIC in its role of World Data Center for Soils, a regular member of the ICS World Data System.

02 Jul 2020

The Climate Food and Farming Network (CLIFF) and the Global Research Alliance (GRA) awarded scholarships to 57 PhD students to boost their scientific capability (CLIFF-Grads Round 4). Two of these positions will be hosted by ISRIC in 2021: Improved soil carbon mapping in sub-Saharan Africa to support soil fertility and climate mitigation studies (Azamat Suleymanov, (Russia) and  Advances in global mapping of soil carbon sequestration potential and links with drought conditions (Stephan van der Westhuizen, South Africa) .

30 Jun 2020

New paper in EJSS on ‘Machine learning in space and time for modelling soil organic carbon change’ by Gerard B. M. Heuvelink, Marcos E. Angelini, Laura Poggio, Zhanguo Bai, Niels H. Batjes, Rik van den Bosch, Deborah Bossio, Sergio Estella, Johannes Lehmann, Guillermo F. Olmedo, and Jonathan Sanderman. more


30 Jun 2020

New paper by Laura Poggio (ISRIC), Alessandro Gimona, Inge Aalders, Jane Morrice and Rupert Hough (James Hutton Institute) on ‘Legacy data for 3D modelling of peat properties with uncertainty estimation in Dava bog – Scotland’ published in Geoderma Regional.



29 Jun 2020

ISRIC would like to congratulate Professor A. (Tom) Veldkamp, valued member of the ISRIC Managing Board, with his new appointment as the Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente.