Upcoming training events & workshops

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Here is a list of our upcoming trainings and workshops worldwide. To learn more about participation options, follow the links provided for each item. We are looking forward to welcoming you in one of our courses!

Upcoming events


Hands-on Global Digital Soil Mapping (DSM)  Spring School Course

Date: 28 May - 1 June 2018
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

This course introduces methods and software for management, analysis and mapping of soil variables within the R environment for statistical computing. The course alternates between 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. The course aims at soil geographers and environmental scientists who want to learn more about the theory and practice of digital soil mapping. After this course participants will be able to apply the methods learnt to their own datasets. Lecturers are experienced pedometricians and soil data analysis specialists.   A number of recorded sessions from a previous Spring School can be accessed via the ISRIC YouTube channel at: http://youtube.com/c/ISRICorg. 

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World Soils and their Assessment (WSA) Spring School Course

Date: 28 May - 1 June 2018
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

This is a course on the soils of the world and their assessment. 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 2014), and management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises. It will make use of the facilities of the World Soil Museum. 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 and on soil management strategies for soil conservation and optimization of soil functions. Participants will be introduced to and trained in the international classification system the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (2014, updated 2015). 

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Past events


Training on digital soil mapping  

Date: 27 November - 1 December 2017
Location: Vijayawada,Andhra Pradesh, India

ISRIC trained 15 professionals in land resources management, from three Indian states, in digital soil mapping methods. The training included the following topics: modelling spatial variability, ordinary kriging, machine learning algorithms, data preparation and map validation. The course  consisted of lectures and hands-on computer exercises using local data with the statistical software R.

The training was organized by the Andhra Pradesh Space Applications Centre, ISRIC, CIMMYT and the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia, and hosted by the Andhra Pradesh Department of Agriculture with support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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