IUSS Alert 93 (March 2013)
Election IUSS Division and Commission Officers 2014-2018
We have started the election process for the 4 Division and 44 Commission chairs and vice chairs. This is your chance to become actively involved in the IUSS and shape its future in the years 2014 to 2018. We are now seeking nominations for all positions, and a description of Division Chairs and Commission chairs and vice chairs is given here. Please send in your application before 31st March 2013. Your application should include the position, 100 word bio and homepage URL if available. It should be sent to:
The timeline is as follows:
February 2013 - call for nominations
May 2013 - a list of candidates and their bios
1 August 2013 - the electronic election system will open and announced for voting
31st October 2013 - voting closes
1st January 2014 - announcement new IUSS Officers
We look forward receiving your application and candidacy.
Vacancy: IUSS Treasurer 2014
French Soil Science Journal now in full open-access
Remote Sensing of Soils for Environmental Assessment and Management
A special call for papers has been announced by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for the April 2014 issue of Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing entitled, “Remote Sensing of Soils for Environmental Assessment and Management.” Imaging systems integrated with complex analytical methods will revolutionize the way we inventory and manage soil resources across a wide range of scientific disciplines and application domains. This special issue will highlight systems and methods that directly benefit environmental professionals who focus on imaging and geospatial information for improved understanding, management, and monitoring of soil resources. http://www.asprs.org/PE-RS-Submissions-Policy-and-Guidelines/Call-for-Papers-Remote-Sensing-of-Soils-for-Environmental-Assessment-and-Management.html
Vacancy: Senior Lecturer in Soil Science (The University of Queensland, Australia)
10th Meeting of the Brazilian Chapter of the International Humic Substances Society (XEBSH - 2013) will be held in Santo Antônio de Goiás, Goiás State of Brazil which is located in the Cerrado (Brazilian savannah), in the metropolitan region of Goiânia, the State Capital, October 14 – 18, 2013. The focal topic of the Meeting will be “Natural Organic Matter and Environmental Quality” and the following thematic issues will be discussed: Structure, formation and characterization of humic substances and natural organic matter; Mechanisms of carbon sequestration and loss in the environment, greenhouse gas emission and mathematical modeling; Humic substances and natural organic matter in aquatic systems, water treatment; Humic substances and natural organic matter in environmental processes associated with metals and anthropogenic substances; Characterization and function of humic substances and natural organic matter affected by fire (natural and biochar) and its application; Interactions between humic substances (HS) and pesticides; HS based pesticides and fertilizers; nanomaterials and its application. More information about the Meeting is available at its website: http://www.cnpaf.embrapa.br/eventos/xebsh/
Transforming Livelihoods in Africa through Soils Research and Development by Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation, Enhanced Food Security and Market Linkages. Kenya, 20-25th October 2013. A conference of public and private sector organizations and projects accelerating delivery of needed land and water management technologies to African farmers. The conference, organized by the Soil Science Society of East Africa in collaboration with the African Soil Science Society and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (www.kari.org) will be held in Nakuru, Kenya from 20-25th October 2013. Focusing on the contribution of land and water management in the Agricultural Product Value Chains (APVC), the conference will address threats and opportunities associated with climate change, and scaling of proven technologies for transformational impact on the livelihoods of African small scale farmers. There will be invited keynote speakers in plenary sessions, followed by sessions of related thematic oral and poster presentations and a field excursion. The conference outputs will include electronic copies of the proceedings.
Soil Conditions and Plant Growth, edited by PJ Gregory and S Nortcliff. Wiley-Blackwell. 2013. 472 pages. ISBN-10: 1405197706. Building on the extremely successful and popular Russell’s Soil Conditions and Plant Growth, Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to publish this completely revised and updated edition of the soil science classic. Covering all aspects of the interactions between plant and soil, Peter Gregory and Stephen Nortcliff, along with their team of internationally-known and respected authors, provide essential reading for all students and professionals studying and working in agriculture and soil science. Subject areas covered range from crop science and genetics; soil fertility and organic matter; nitrogen and phosphorus cycles and their management; properties and management of plant nutrients; water and the soil physical environment and its management; plants and change processes in soils; management of the soil/plant system; and new challenges including food, energy and water security in a changing environment. Providing a very timely account on how better to understand and manage the many interactions that occur between soils and plants, Soil Conditions and Plant Growth is sure to become the book of choice - as a recommended text for students and as an invaluable reference for those working or entering into the industry. An essential purchase for all universities and research establishments where agricultural, soil, and environmental sciences are studied and taught.
Managing agricultural greenhouse gases: Coordinated agricultural research through GRACEnet to address our changing climate, Edited by MA Liebig, AJ Franzluebbers, and Ron F. Follett. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. 2012. 547 pages. ISBN: 978-0-12-386897-8. Concurrent efforts to mitigate agricultural contributions to climate change while adapting to its projected consequences will be essential to ensure long-term sustainability and food security throughout the world. To facilitate successful responses to climate change, USDA-ARS scientists involved in GRACEnet (Greenhouse Gas through Agricultural Carbon Enhancement Network) published a book documenting recent research accomplishments addressing strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The book, entitled Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gases: Coordinated Agricultural Research through GRACEnet to Address our Changing Climate, includes regional syntheses of soil organic carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) dynamics for a broad portfolio of agricultural land uses, as well as additional chapters central to GRACEnet activities (e.g., modeling, method development, economic outcomes of GHG mitigation options, adaptation research, and international collaboration). Although GRACEnet is an ARS project, the reported findings have broad natural resource implications on a national level, as well as important international applications given the similarity of environmental conditions to other parts of the world.
Water Harvesting in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edited by William Critchley and John Gowing. Routledge, 2012. 224 pages. Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa is constrained by highly variable rainfall, frequent drought and low water productivity. There is an urgent need, heightened by climate change, for appropriate technologies to address this problem through managing and increasing the quantity of water on farmers’ fields – water harvesting. This book defines water harvesting as a set of approaches which occupy an intermediate position along the water-management spectrum extending from in situ moisture conservation to irrigated agriculture. They generally comprise small-scale systems that induce, collect, store and make use of local surface runoff for agriculture. The authors review development experience and set out the state of the art of water harvesting for crop production and other benefits in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes an assessment of water harvesting schemes that were initiated two or three decades ago when interest was stimulated by the droughts of the 1970s and 1980s. These provide lessons to promote sustainable development of dryland agriculture in the face of changing environmental conditions. Case studies from eight countries across Sub-Saharan Africa provide the evidence base. Each follows a similar format and is based on assessments conducted in collaboration with in-country partners, with a focus on attempts to promote adoption of water harvesting, both horizontally (spread) and vertically (institutionalization). Introductory cross-cutting chapters as well as an analytical conclusion are also included.
The Physical Geography of Bangladesh, by Hugh Brammer. 2013. 548 pp. ISBN 978 984 506 049 3. www.uplbooks.com In his eighth book on Bangladesh’s physical environment and agriculture, the author draws together his long experience in surveying, observing and studying the country’s physical geography and provides a revised map of the country’s physiographic regions. He draws attention to the interrelationship between geomorphology and soils, and to the country’s dynamic geomorphology, particularly changes in river courses and the impacts of earthquakes. Chapters 1−6 give a comprehensive description of Bangladesh’s geology, geomorphology, climate, hydrology and soils. They provide the background for the detailed descriptions of the 18 physiographic regions in Chapter 7−24. A novel feature is a concluding section in each of the latter chapters suggesting further studies that could be undertaken to provide more detailed information on each region’s geomorphological development. Chapter 25 compares the units shown on the geological map of Bangladesh and those on the physiographic map in this book. Differences in interpretation of the field evidence are discussed, especially in relation to the origin of the Madhupur Clay and the soils formed over it.