09 Mar 2018

We have updated the technical report describing the workflows and procedures for standardising and harmonising soil profile data in WoSIS (World Soil Information Service), our centralised database. We focussed on the standardisation of analytical method descriptions for soil properties listed in the GlobalSoilMap specifications.

The work builds on contributions from numerous data providers and experts, for which we are thankful.

08 Mar 2018

On 6 March 2018, Marcos Angelini successfully defended his PhD-thesis "Structural Equation Modelling for Digital Soil Mapping" (SEM) at Wageningen University. The thesis makes valuable extensions to the basic SEM approach. It extends the modelling and prediction to three-dimensional digital soil mapping using SEM, incorporates model suggestions in a re-specification step, takes a close look at how SEM reproduces covariation between soil properties, explores the extrapolation potential of SEM, and improves SEM predictions by taking a geostatistical approach and kriging SEM residuals.

05 Mar 2018

Mapping Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management is needed for policy makers to make good decision about how and where to make interventions in Sustainable Land Management (SLM). In the context of the World Bank-funded project Land Use Planning for Enhanced Resilience of Landscapes (LAUREL) in Madagascar, a mapping workshop took place from 12-16 February in Antananarivo, with the objective to obtain a national spatial overview of Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management.

26 Jan 2018

The 'Hands-on Digital Soil Mapping' course (28 May - 1 June 2018) is now open for registration. During the course participants will be introduced to methods and software for management, analysis and mapping of soil variables within the R environment for statistical computing. The course includes lectures and computer practicals and covers a variety of subjects, such as geostatistics, linear regression and machine learning for soil mapping, quantification of uncertainty and soil map validation.

12 Dec 2017

ISRIC – World Soil Information successfully provided a one-week training course in digital soil mapping in Vijayawada, India (27 November – 1 December 2017). Seventeen professionals in land resources management from universities, research institutes and government agencies from three Indian states participated.

11 Dec 2017

The 'World Soils and their Assessment' course (28 May - 1 June 2018) is now open for registration. 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), and management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises; it will make use of the facilities of the World Soil Museum. Additional information is provided here


11 Dec 2017

On 17 and 18 November 2017 a successful kick-off meeting was organized by INRA in Paris. CIRCASA stands for Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture and is funded by the EU H2020 programme (Societal Challenge 2). CIRCASA has 23 partner organizations from all continents. The overarching goal of CIRCASA is to develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge exchange in the field of carbon sequestration in agricultural soils at European Union and global levels with active engagement of all relevant stakeholders.

04 Dec 2017

This year’s World Soil Day is devoted to the topical research needs for soil and land use. ISRIC director Rik van den Bosch will attend the SOPHIE side event at INSPIRATION in Brussels (Dec. 6, 2017). During this side event participants will discuss the way forward concerning access to reliable soil hydrophysical data with a view to reach commitment on harmonisation, standardisation and innovation. The ultimate objective is to set up international collaboration on soil hydrophysical data.

23 Oct 2017

The council of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) has accepted ISRIC as Alliance Partner. The GRA brings governments, research institutions and other organisations together to find ways to grow more food (and more climate-resilient food systems) without growing greenhouse gas emissions.

10 Oct 2017

Have you ever wondered what soil tastes like? The World Soil Museum, hosted by the international soil institute ISRIC World Soil Information, has a collection of 1,200 soil profiles. Stephan Mantel, the museum's curator, sat down with artist Masha Ru to ‘taste’ a tropical soil from ISRIC's collection. ‘I had stomach ache for a week after,’ he says, laughing. Soil is clearly not to Mantel's taste. ‘It's not that it’s disgusting, but it's not tasty, either.’