30 Oct 2018

Upon their degradation, soils gradually lose their capacity to support ecosystem functions, many of which are related to the beneficial effects of soil organic matter (SOM). Depleted SOM stocks can be restored to some degree through judicious, sustainable land management. However, reported potentials for sequestration of carbon in soils of agricultural lands are overly optimistic because they assume that all degraded cropland and grassland can be subjected to best management practices. 

23 Oct 2018

From 20 - 24 May 2019, 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 more information and registration please see: http://www.isric.org/utilise/capacity-building/springschool

17 Oct 2018

ISRIC WDC-Soils, regular member of the ICSU-World Data System, aims to serve the user with a selection of standardised soil data through WoSIS (World Soil Information Service). The development of this service has been made possible thanks to the contributions and shared knowledge of a steadily growing number of data providers and experts. We gratefully acknowledge their contributions!

12 Oct 2018

The CIRCASA  team would like to invite you to fill in this questionnaire. The overall objective of the EU H2020 CIRCASA project is to strengthen synergies among researchers and promote the transfer of knowledge on carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.


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.