Niels is a soil scientist with over 30 years of experience in developing and applying land resources information systems in the framework of international research and capacity building projects. He has special responsibility for WoSIS (World Soil Information Service) and contributes to SoilGrids activities within the Global Data project. Presently, he is involved in the EU H2020 Holisoils project on 'Holistic management practices, modelling and monitoring for European forest soils', the EU-funded Soils4Africa project as well as a number of other EU-financed projects. Further, Niels coordinates the activities of the World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils), a regular member of the ISC (formerly ICSU) World Data System, with particular attention for the three yearly CTS certification and WDS re-accreditation process.
Niels joined ISRIC in 1990 after having worked in East Africa and the Caribbean, mainly as a Land Evaluation Expert. At ISRIC, he contributes to numerous collaborative projects. His special scientific interest is in research on soil carbon stocks and change (in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation), sustainable land management, land quality indicators, soil data standardisation / harmonisation / analysis to support broad scale soil mapping and continental and global environmental assessments. This is reflected in over 70 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters and numerous technical reports.
Niels is a Fellow of the British Society of Soil Science (F.I. Soil Sci.), member of the Scientific Steering Group of the International Soil Carbon Network (ISCN), member of the CoreTrustSeal Assembly of Reviewers, and Editorial Board of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.
Niels speaks Dutch, English, French and some German.