20 Apr 2018

An international group led by researchers at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and ISRIC – World Soil Information have compiled a large geo-referenced database of mangrove soil carbon measurements and developed a global map of mangrove forest soil carbon at 30 m spatial resolution. The map can help nations seeking to include mangrove habitats in payment-for-ecosystem services projects and in designing effective mangrove conservation strategies. The map and model outputs are freely available from Harvard Dataverse.

19 Apr 2018

We are looking for a new colleague in the field of digital soil mapping who contributes to the development of spatial information products characterising soil and land qualities, such as used for soil organic carbon sequestration inventories, soil fertility assessments and sustainable land management. The vacancy is open until May 15, 2018.



02 Apr 2018

On 29th March 2018, we celebrated the completion of a 7-year program aiming at further improvement of the quality and accessibility of the World Soil Reference Collection. During this international event various speakers highlighted the relevance of the collection and its potential in addressing a range of contemporary societal and environmental challenges. 

22 Mar 2018

Together with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), ISRIC organised a workshop from 13 to 16 March 2018 in Windhoek, Namibia to support the development of baseline maps of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) indictors for the Omusati Region.

12 Mar 2018

Save the date and join the seminar: “The World Soil Reference Collection: a unique source for research and education” on 29th March, 2018.

Programme: 13.45 – 16.30 (closure with drinks)


Venue: Wageningen Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg 3, room GAIA 1

ISRIC has implemented a global sampling scheme to broaden its world soil reference collection. During this 7 year project the quality and accessibility of the World Soil Reference Collection has been improved.


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.