World Soils and their Assessment Course

Important annoucement

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Spring School for 2020 has been definitely cancelled. 

We took into consideration the health and well-being of our international participants as well as the uncertainty about the end of the corona crisis, and the international and local measures that may still be in place in the coming months. 

This decision was difficult for us to take because the Spring School is an important event that keeps us connected with our soil science and user community. The only thing we can do now is looking forward to the next edition in 2021! Dates will be announced in September 2020.

 

Sections: Overview  |  Who is it for?  |  Tentative programme   | Registration

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Overview​​​​​

This is a course on the soils of the world and their assessment. It will provide an introduction to the soils of the world and their diversity, their main forming factors, classification (according to the World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2014, update 2015), and management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises. It will make use of the facilities of the World Soil Museum.

The programme includes a field excursion in the area around Wageningen, which has a rich diversity of landscapes and soils. In the field, several topics will be addressed including: soil and landscape relations, soil formation, soil classification, field description of soils, and soil management. Furthermore, the programme includes lectures and hands-on exercises on soil functions and regional planning as well as soil management strategies for soil conservation and optimization of soil functions. 

Participants will be introduced to and apply the international classification system the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (2014, update 2015).

Guest lecturers: Seppe Deckers and Rachel Creamer.
 

Registration

World Soils and their Assessment (WSA) course, register now!

Registration is open until 2 March 2020 (Early-Bird registration, 31 December 2019).  

Note that when registering, you will be redirected to a Wageningen University & Research page in a new window to process your registration and payment. Please read carefully our cost and payment section.

 

Who is it for?

This course aims at scientists, professionals, e.g. in natural resources management planning, and students who have an interest in (the classification of) soils of the world and their assessment for their work or study, with aspects of soil formation, description, classification and evaluation.

A general background in soil science or physical geography is assumed (basic principles). 

 

Programme

*Working programme subject to changes.

DAY 1 (Monday, 11 May 2020): Soils of the World and their classification

Block

Topic

Type / Room

Lecturer

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and Coffee

Hall Gaia building

 

9.00 - 9.45

Opening of the ISRIC Spring School 2019

Group photo

Gaia 1

Rik van den Bosch (ISRIC director), Maria Ruiperez Gonzalez

9.45 - 10.30

Introduction round participants in elevator pitches

Interactive

Gaia 1

Participants

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Introduction to WRB concepts and terminology

Lecture / WSM

 

Stephan Mantel

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Soils of the World their classification and management, with a focus on Africa

Lecture / WSM

 

 

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Soils of the World their classification and management, with a focus on Africa

Interactive lecture, WSM

 

prof. dr. ir Seppe Deckers (KU Leuven)

 

DAY 2 (Tuesday, 12 May 2020): Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources

Block

Topic

Type / Room

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.30

Field description of soils

Interactive lecture, WSM

Stephan Mantel

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Introduction to global soils in the World Soil Museum; the distribution of soils in the world

Lecture , WSM

Stephan Mantel

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise,  WSM

Stephan Mantel, Niels Batjes, Johan Leenaars

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise,  WSM

S. Mantel, N. Batjes, J. Leenaars

19:00 - 22:00

Dinner in town (Colours World Food restaurant)

DAY 3 (Wednesday, 13 May 2020): Field visit landscape and soils in the vicinity of Wageningen

Download Field Guide.

Block

Topic

Type / Room

Lecturer

8.30 - 18.00

Field excursion (lunch in the field). Practice in soil geography, soil description and soil classification at various sites in the vicinity of Wageningen

Exercise

Stephan Mantel,  Niels Batjes, Johan Leenaars

 

DAY 4 (Thursday, 14 May 2020): Soil functions and sustainable soil management

Block

Topic

Type / Room

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.30

Soil functions and regional planning

Lecture

Orion, C4016

Prof R. Creamer,

(S. Mantel)

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Soil functions and regional planning, exercise/planning game

Orion, C4016

Prof R. Creamer,

(S. Mantel)

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

Strategies for soil conservation and optimization of soil functions

Lecture

Orion, C4016

Godert van Lynden,  Zhanguo Bai

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

 

 

15.30 - 17.00

Selection of strategies for soil conservation / optimization of soil functions, exercise

Practical

Orion, PC4051

Godert van Lynden,  Zhanguo Bai

17.00 - 18.30 Meet the experts    

 

DAY 5 (Friday, 15 May 2020): World soil databases

Block

Topic

Type / room

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.00

World Soil Information Service 

Demonstration, Gaia 2

E. Ribeiro

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee break

 

 

10.30 - 12.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise, WSM

S. Mantel, N. Batjes,

J. Leenaars

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 14.30

Course evaluation, certificates

PC8045 (Orion)

All

14.30 - 15.30

Valuing the soil resource

Guest lecture, Gaia 1

D. Rossiter

15.30 - 16.00

Closing words 

Gaia 1  

Rik van den Bosch