09 Oct 2018

Laura joined ISRIC in October 2018. She will mainly be dealing with digital soil mapping and modelling projects, notably spatio-temporal modelling of carbon and other soil properties as well as land quality indicators.

04 Oct 2018

ISRIC – World Soil Information has played an important role in developing the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) since its inception in 1994. This role was greatly reduced after the retirement of our former colleague Dr Otto Spaargaren† in 2009.

We are pleased to announce that Stephan Mantel has been elected Vice-Chair of the IUSS WRB Working Group during the recent World Congress of Soil Science in Rio de Janeiro. Thereby, ISRIC will resume its historic role in further developing WRB.

19 Sep 2018

Countries require up to date soil organic carbon (SOC) inventories to support carbon monitoring for REDD+ under the UNCCD as well as reporting on greenhouse gas emissions under the UNFCCC.

ISRIC produced soil organic carbon maps for Tanzania in collaboration with Tanzania Forest Services, Sokoine University of Agriculture, the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) and the FAO.

10 Sep 2018

The nomination process for the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 is open and organizations and individuals are invited to propose appropriate candidates. Supported by the Russian Federation, the Glinka Prize is awarded annually under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership on World Soil Day, consisting of the Glinka Medal and an award of USD 15,000.

The award is for dynamic change-makers dedicated to solving one of our world’s most pressing environmental issue: Soil Degradation.

Nominations must be submitted by 30th September 2018

06 Sep 2018

Thursday 6 september 2018, 16:00 - 18:00 (Aula, Wageningen)


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30 Aug 2018

Dr Marcos Angelini has won the ‘Best Paper in Pedometrics 2017’ award for his work on the use of structural equation modelling for digital soil mapping (World Congress of Soil Science, Rio, (12-17 August 2018)).

A very nice and well-deserved recognition for the work Marcos did for his PhD in Wageningen, while a guest researcher at ISRIC - World Soil Information. 

13 Aug 2018

The Climate Food and Farming Network (CLIFF) and the Global Research Alliance (GRA) invites PhD students from developing countries to apply for a CLIFF-GRADS scholarship for short-term scientific training and research stays on topics related to the measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems (PDF).

21 Jun 2018

SQAPP (Soil Quality Mobile App), is an easy-to-use tool that brings global soil data into the decision-making sphere of land users and other interested end users. It returns available soil quality information for any location in the world, simply picked by the user from a world map. Soil properties for that specific location are then shown and possibilities are offered to assess these values and to adapt them if necessary.

07 Jun 2018

ISRIC – World Soil Information, within in the framework of project led by CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Nairobi), provided expertise for an assessment of soil organic carbon (SOC) stock baselines for the Otjozondjupa region in Namibia. This was done in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 15.3 the aims of which is to achieve global land degradation neutrality (LDN) by 2030. Different sampling densities and digital soil mapping methods were compared and evaluated in terms of complexity, cost, and map accuracy.

31 May 2018

This week (28 May – 1 June, 2018)  ISRIC - World Soil Information organized the sixth edition of the ISRIC Spring School on 'Mapping, classification and assessment of soils'.

Sixty-four participants from 28 countries attended the course. Two thirds of the participants focussed on spatial predictions of soil properties and soil classes using digital soil mapping. The other participants followed lectures and practicals about soil classification and their assessment.