World Soils and their Assessment Course ( TBA)

Five-day course 

 

We will inform in our website for new editions of this course!

 

Sections: Overview  |  Who is it for?  |  Registration and fees | Preliminary programme 

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Overview​​​​​

This is a course on the soils of the world and their assessment. The course alternates between lectures and online exercises and covers subjects, such as 

  • 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.
  • soil functions and regional planning. 

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.

 

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). 

 

Registration and fees

Registration is now closed. 

The registration fee covers the costs of all course materials, lectures and online teaching resources.  This course is organized on a cost-recovery basis i.e. no profit is made from the course fees. Upon completing the course, participants will receive a certificate and free access to software and datasets used during the course. For information about the fees:

https://www.isric.org/utilise/capacity-building/springschool/costs-and-payment

 

Preliminary programme

*Working programme subject to changes.

 

All times are Central European  Summer Time zone (CEST), that is UTC+2.

 

DAY 1 (Monday, 16 May 2022): Soils of the World and their classification

Block

Topic

Type 

Lecturer

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and coffee    
9.00 – 9.45

Official opening of the ISRIC Spring School

Group photo

   

9.45 - 10.00

Course introduction and overview

Lecture

Stephan Mantel

10.00 - 10.45

Introduction to WRB concepts and terminology

Lecture

Stephan Mantel

10.45 - 11.15

Morning break

 

 

11.15 - 12.30

Field description of soils

Lecture

 

David Rossiter

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.00

The Reference Soil Groups in WRB

Lecture

 

Stephan Mantel, Niels Batjes

15.00 - 15.30

Afternoon break

 

 

15.30 - 17.00

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

 

Interactive lecture

 

Stephan Mantel

 

DAY 2 (Tuesday, 17 May 2022): Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources

Block

Topic

Type

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.30

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

Lecture

Seppe Deckers

10.30 - 11.00

Morning break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

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

Lecture

Seppe Deckers

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 15.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise

Stephan Mantel, Niels Batjes, Johan Leenaars

15.30 - 16.00

Afternoon break

 

 

16.00 - 17.00

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise

Stephan  Mantel, Niels Batjes, Johan Leenaars

 

DAY 3 (Wednesday, 18 May 2022): 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

S. Mantel,  N. Batjes, J. Leenaars

 

DAY 4 (Thursday, 19 May 2022): Soil functions and sustainable soil management

Block

Topic

Type

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.30

Soil functions and regional planning

Lecture

Prof Rachel Creamer, (Stephan Mantel)

10.30 - 11.00

Morning break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Soil functions and regional planning, exercise/planning game

Exercise

Prof Rachel Creamer, (Stephan Mantel)

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch 

 

 

13.30 - 15.30

TBA

TBA

 

15.30 - 16.00

Afternoon break

 

 

16.00 - 17.00

TBA

TBA

 

 

DAY 5 (Friday, 20 May 2022): Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources

Block

Topic

Type / room

Lecturer

9.00 - 10.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise

Stephan  Mantel, Niels Batjes

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

 

 

11.00 - 12.30

Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB)

Exercise, WSM

S. Mantel, N. Batjes

 

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

 

 

13.30 - 14.45 Applying the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) Exercise, WSM N. Batjes

14.45 - 15.15

Course evaluation, certificates

PC8045 (Orion)

All

15.15 - 16.00

Measuring the value of the soil resource

Guest lecture, Gaia 1

D. Rossiter

16.00 - 17.30

Closing words, drinks & snacks

Gaia 1 & Hall Gaia building 

Rik van den Bosch