World Soils and their Assessment Course

Three-day course from Monday 17 May to Wednesday 19 May 2021

The course will be given on-line this year, which has had some implications for the programme. We will have a three-day course with  shorter days, because on-line learning is more tiresome than on-site learning and some activities, like the one day field excursion, we will not be able to organize.

The course will be formally closed on Friday with the guest lecture 'Valuing the soil resource'  by David Rossiter and closing words from director of ISRIC Rik van den Bosch.

 

Fees

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

 

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. 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. 

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

Few places left for our World Soils and their Assessment (WSA) course. If you would like to register, please write an email to maria.ruiperezgonzalez@isric.

Registration is open until 30 April 2021.  

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.

 

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

 

DAY 1 (Monday, 17 May 2021): Soils of the World and their classification

Block

Topic

Type 

Lecturer

9.00 - 9.30

Course introduction and overview

Lecture

Stephan Mantel

9.30 - 10.30

Field description of soils

Lecture

Stephan Mantel

10.30 - 11.00

Morning break

Lecture

Stephan Mantel

11.00 - 12.30

Introduction to WRB concepts and terminology

Lecture

 

Stephan Mantel

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch

 

 

14.00 - 15.30

The Reference Soil Groups in WRB

Lecture

 

Stephan Mantel

15.30 - 16.00

Afternoon break

 

 

16.00 - 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, 18 May 2021): 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 - 14.00

Lunch

 

 

14.00 - 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, 19 May 2021): 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 - 14.00

Lunch (and course evaluation forms)

 

 

14.00 - 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 5 (Friday, 21 May 2021): Optional programme

Block

Topic

Type

Lecturer

15.15 – 16.15

Valuing the soil resource

Guest lecture

David  Rossiter

16.15 –  16.30

Closing words 

 

Rik van den Bosch