Course module: International soil classification
The course "Soil classification" is currently under development.
|Course title:||International soil classification – introduction to World Reference Base for Soil Resources|
|Subject areas (Curriculum):||Soil Science|
|Duration:||16-40 hrs (depending on agreed curriculum)|
|Short description:||This course provides an general introduction to international soil classification. It includes: 1) concepts of soil classification systems, 2) terminology used in classification, 3) soil classification for interpretive uses.|
|Moderators:||S. (Stephan) Mantel
B. (Bas) Kempen
J. (Johan) Leenaars
|Target audience:||BSc and MSc level students in soil science, and students of other environmental sciences with a basic knowledge of soils|
|Requirements:||Knowledge requirements: Basic knowledge of soils, geography, biology and chemistry. Good knowledge of English.|
|Programme:||Lectures (each of about 45 min) on: 1) Introduction to soil classification, 2) World Reference Base for Soil Resources, 3) assessment of soils, 4) Field exercise soil classification.
Exercises and visits: Exercises in the ISRIC World Soil museum. Field soil classification.
|Objective:||After this introductory course, participants should have a (general) understanding of: 1) terminology and concepts in soil classification, 2) World Reference Base for Soil Resources, 3) The groupings of major soils in the world, 4) use of soil classification for interpretive purposes.|
|Software / materials:||-|
|Case studies:||Course materials and supporting booklets will be made available to course participants|
|Literature:||IUSS Working Group WRB. 2006. World reference base for soil resources 2006. World Soil Resources Reports No. 103. FAO, Rome. Van Reeuwijk, L.P., Spaargaren, O.C. & Mantel, S. Soil Science: soil, soil classification, problem soils, land evaluation, land resources information systems. ISRIC World Soil Information, Wageningen. Selected papers on soil classification.|
|Minimum number of participants:||15|
|Maximum number of participants:||25|