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IUSS Alert 174 (December 2019)

IUSS Alert 174 (December 2019)


Season’s Greetings

Another successful year is drawing to a close, and the IUSS Secretariat would like to wish all officers, members and friends a very merry Christmas, and a prosperous and happy New Year! We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in 2020.

More: https://www.iuss.org/media/iuss-2019.mp4


IUSS Bulletin 135

IUSS Bulletin 135 is now online, featuring a variety of articles from the IUSS Secretariat and national soil science societies, recent achievements during the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024), many conference and meeting reports, news from the Alerts June to November 2019, upcoming conferences and meetings, new publications and obituaries of outstanding soil scientists. The IUSS Secretariat would like to thank all contributors for their valuable contributions to this Bulletin.

Should you wish to submit contributions for the next Bulletin, which will be published in June 2020, or place paid advertisements, please contact the IUSS Secretariat at iuss@umweltbundesamt.at.

Read more: IUSS Bulletin 135


AACS won King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2019

We are proud to inform you that the winner of the King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2019 is a member of the IUSS, the Costa Rican Soil Science Society (AACS, https://www.sueloscr.com/). ‘Manos al suelo’ (Hands on soil) promoted a massive application of compost and soil conservation practices. They also organized soil fairs with workshops and farming demonstrations throughout the country.

For more information about their activities and a video please see: http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/wsd-award/second-wsda/en/).

This Prize is an annual award that honours individuals, communities, organizations and countries that organized remarkable and engaging World Soil Day activities or campaigns in the previous year. For more information see here: http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/wsd-award/en/

The IUSS congratulates the AACS and the Latin American Soil Science Society!


IUSS Distinguished Service Award for HE Mr. Aziz Akhannouch

The IUSS Distinguished Service Medal for 2018 was finally given to HE Mr. Aziz Akhannouch (Morocco) in the course of the second annual ministerial conference of the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture to climate change (AAA initiative) organized under the banner «Food Security Facing Climate Change» and hosted by the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Morocco) on 4-5 November 2019. The African Ministers of Agriculture met there and took note of the prestigious award from IUSS. An article was published in French and Arabic language in a national newspaper.

The AAA Initiative aims to contribute to food security in Africa, to improve the living conditions of vulnerable farmers and to promote the employment in rural areas by promoting adaptation practices to climate change, building the capacity of actors and channeling financial flows to the most vulnerable farmers. In recognition of the importance of the sustainable management of soils and increased sequestration of carbon to the soil, Morocco launched the AAA initiative. With this award IUSS recognizes that HE Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, one of the founders of the AAA initiative, translated knowledge of Soil Science into Policy and Governance as Minister for Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco (2007– ); Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Akwa Group SA; Chairman National Rally for Independents (2016– ); President of Souss-Massa-Draa Regional Council (2003-2007); Chairman Political Compass of RNI and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AAA Foundation.

Thus far, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) has presented the Distinguished Service Medal to three prominent world citizens and policy makers.

In 2012 the first medal was awarded to HRH the late King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej in order to recognize His outstanding achievements in soil care and sustainable soil and land management.

The second medal for 2016 was presented to HE Hon’ble Stéphan Le Foll for promoting soil science on the global agenda through COP21, and for pointing out that soil and agriculture present integral solutions to climate change and advancing food security by implementing the “4 per Thousand” programme.

The third medal for 2017 was awarded to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Töpfer who translated knowledge of soil science into policy and governance in his various functions at national and international level finally founding the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies which organised the Global Soil Week, a platform bringing together a diverse range of actors to initiate and strengthen policies and actions on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance since 2012.

Read more: https://www.iuss.org/newsroom/


Claudio Zaccone re-elected as President of EGU Soil System Sciences (SSS) division

Prof. Claudio Zaccone, Vice Chair of Commission 4.1 “Soils and the Environments”, International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), has been re-elected as President of the Soil System Sciences (SSS) division of the European Geosciences Union (2021-2023).

Read more: https://www.egu.eu/elections/egu-election-autumn-2019/


Call for applications for the Pons Medal for distinguished service to acid sulfate soil science and practice

The Acid Sulfate Soil Commission of the International Union of Soil Sciences is inviting applications for the Pons Medal which will be presented at the 9th International Acid Sulfate Soils Conference in Adelaide, Australia in November 2020. Named after Leen Pons, who was a leading figure in early acid sulfate soil science, and in the organisation of international acid sulfate soil conferences, the Pons Medal will be awarded for recognition of distinguished service to acid sulfate soil science and practice.

Further information on the Pons Medal and on the instructions for making a nomination can be accessed by emailing the Chair of the Pons Medal Committee, Dr Vanessa Wong. Nominations need to be received by the Chair by midnight AEST 13th September 2020.

Contact Dr Vanessa Wong (hyperlink email address: vanessa.wong@monash.edu)


Submit your Eurosoil 2020 Scientific Session Contribution

The Eurosoil 2020 organising committee invites you to participate in the scientific sessions by submitting your contribution before 20 February 2020.

In line with the theme Connecting People and Soil, the sessions are organised around the soil-related topics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Read more: https://eurosoil2020.com/?utm_source=DigitalMarketing&utm_medium=email


News from the International Science Council

With the creation of the ISC as a merger of merger of International Council for Science (ICSU) with the International Social Science Council to form the International Science Council, 2018 marked a milestone in the world of international science. The ISC Annual Report 2018 is now available for download here: https://council.science/publications/isc-annual-report-2018/

The new ISC Action Plan 2019-2021 sets out the ISC’s activities over the next two and a half years. Its most important purpose is to form a practical framework for the ISC’s work until the end of 2021, and to work towards our vision of science as a global public good. The ISC Action Plan 2019-2021 is now available for download here: http://council.science/actionplan/


Louis Dekker – a figurehead in soil science is no longer among us

Dr Louis Dekker, former ESG staff member, died after a short illness on 20 November 2019, at the age of 80. Louis worked in Wageningen with Stiboka, the DLO Winand Staring Centrum and then Alterra for a total of 47.5 years. His many years’ experience in soil mapping activities during the period between 1956 and the mid-70s made Louis a walking encyclopaedia of Dutch soil science and a source of knowledge for many of his colleagues. He was an enthusiastic scientist and a born problem-solver who based his research on a wealth of field observations, measurements and analyses.

Louis was also an extremely gifted writer: he wrote more than 250 articles and reports, no fewer than 75 of which after his retirement! All-in-all, Louis was a unique man, an enthusiastic and successful scientist, an inspiring and humorous colleague – and a leading figurehead in soil science. We will miss his knowledge, readiness to help and humour, not only as a colleague but also as a friend.

Read more: https://www.iuss.org/about-the-iuss/iuss-history/obituaries-to-great-soil-scientists/louis-dekker-1939-2019/


General News

World Soil Day 2019 in a nutshell

464 registered events on the WSD map in over 100 countries; WSD logo available in 94 languages; WSD posts seen by 400 000 000 social media users; Millions reached in media articles published specifically for WSD; Thousands of downloads of the WSD campaign material.


Glinka World Soil Prize

Dr. Xu Minggang received the Glinka World Soil Prize 2019 during the WSD celebration at FAO headquarters in Rome (Italy).
In China, his achievements are illustrated by 260 scientific articles and had a positive impact on food security for over 1.4 billion people.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/glinka-world-soil-prize/en/


Countries leading the implementation of the VGSSM

The Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management provides technical and policy recommendations on how sustainable soil management can be achieved. Their successful implementation will pave the way to boosting soil health. Recent translations now include Italian | Turkish | Portuguese, and Ukrainian.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/publications/card/en/c/5544358d-f11f-4e9f-90ef-a37c3bf52db7


Launch of the ‘Soils for nutrition’ project

The GSP is supporting FAO member countries to apply sustainable soil management practices in an effort to improve the nutritional quality of locally-produced foods to address micronutrient deficiencies in people. The nutrition-sensitive agriculture project is a 3-year initiative funded by the government of Germany and is being piloted in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and Malawi.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/pillars-action/1-soil-management/nutrition-sensitive-agriculture/en/


Restyling of the next GSP Plenary Assembly

All GSP partners and member countries are welcome to attend the eighth GSP Plenary Assembly on 3 – 5 June 2020 at FAO headquarters in Rome. This year the Plenary will be significantly different from previous editions both in its structure and execution to make it more interactive and efficient. A call for side events will be announced soon, so start getting ready to submit your proposal!

Read more: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/detail/en/c/1197439/


Training on Soil Salinity Mapping

In the framework of the Global Soil Salinity Map (GSSmap) that will be launched in June 2020, the GSP organized a one-week training on soil salinity mapping from 28 November to 3 December 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia for countries from Near East and North Africa. The objectives were to understand the soil salinity drivers, indicators and classification methods and to prepare country-level data for national mapping of soil salinity.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/detail/en/c/1250686/


Launch of INSAS | International Network of Salt-Affected Soils

The International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS) was launched on 21 November in Dubai, UAE on the occasion of the ICBA 20th anniversary celebrations. The network will facilitate the sustainable and productive use of salt-affected soils for current and future generations and provide a platform to foster collaboration for countries with salt-affected soils.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlights/detail/en/c/1252161/


William’s Soil Agronomic Museum starts its modernization

The William’s Soil Agronomic Museum represents one of the best and most varied collections of soil monoliths in the world. The Russian Federation is supporting its internationalization and modernization through the technical support from the GSP.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlights/detail/en/c/1252940/

[All articles above are from the GSP Newsletter #26, 18 December 2019]


Combatting Soil Erosion to Help Achieve Zero Hunger and Clean Water: IAEA Commemorates World Soil Day

Over 45 billion tons of soil are lost to erosion every year. Farmers and agricultural authorities in several countries have succeeded in slowing down erosion with the help of nuclear techniques. Here are their stories from Zimbabwe, Argentina and Sri Lanka.

Read more: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/combatting-soil-erosion-to-help-achieve-zero-hunger-and-clean-water-iaea-commemorates-world-soil-day


Contribute to #GlobalCollembola

The #GlobalCollembola project has collected over 26,000 Collembola samples and counting! If you have data on Collembola distribution, consider contributing it to this growing database by January 31, 2020.

Read more: https://files.constantcontact.com/a3128908401/f78f10e2-3436-4008-9ac5-081b1100438a.pdf

[From: GSBI Newsletter – December 2019]


Collaborate in a Global Effort to Study Soil Microbes

You have the opportunity to participate in a new, international effort to create a database for global soil microbial biomass and function! To see how you can be a collaborator, read the new call for collaborators in Soil Organisms by Gabriel Smith, Thomas Crowther, Nico Eisenhauer, and Johan van den Hoogen below. Contributions are due February 29, 2020.

Read more: http://www.soil-organisms.org/index.php/SO/article/view/112

[From: GSBI Newsletter – December 2019]


New LIFEPLAN Project to Standardize Global Soil Biodiversity Sampling Efforts

Otso Ovaskainen, Tomas Roslin, and David Dunson just received an ERC Synergy grant to standardize global soil biodiversity sampling until 2025. They will select 100 teams from across the globe to participate in this unprecedented effort. All sampling will be done using semi-automated methods, meaning that taxonomic expertise isn’t necessary.

Read more: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/projects/lifeplan

[From: GSBI Newsletter – December 2019]


Not all soil carbon is created equal: The key thing soil carbon initiatives are missing

Soil carbon is receiving a huge amount of interest from many sides – everyone from farmers to policy makers to industry leaders – because it presents an opportunity to mitigate climate change and provide food security for our rapidly growing population. But not all soil carbon is equal. There are two distinct types of soil carbon, and we can’t manage soil carbon effectively without understanding and considering both of them.

Read more: https://www.globalsoilbiodiversity.org/blog-beneath-our-feet/2019/12/4/not-all-soil-carbon-is-created-equal-the-key-thing-soil-carbon-initiatives-are-missing

[From: GSBI Newsletter – December 2019]


New findings reveal a need to optimise the use of phosphorus in agriculture

The first continent-wide assessment of the chemical properties of EU soils reveals high levels of phosphorus in agricultural soils. Fertiliser use has an impact on agriculture and on the environment.

Under most conditions, the use of fertilisers increases the production of biomass, and therefore increases the potential yield and facilitates the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

However, overuse of fertilisers creates negative environmental issues.

Read more: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/new-findings-reveal-need-optimise-use-phosphorus-agriculture


European Commission Survey – Mission Soil health and food

The European Commission proposes to implement a mission in the area of “Soil health and food” as part of the next research programme Horizon Europe. Missions are a new instrument for research and innovation to increase the impact of research, connect with citizens and show that science matters in day-to-day lives. A mission in the area of soil health and food will raise awareness on the importance of soils for food production and other important services/functions. It will deliver knowledge and solutions to manage soils in more sustainable ways so that they are preserved for future generations. The EC would like to hear what you know about soils and their functions and how you perceive the mission area “soil health and food”. Your answers will help the EC to develop the scope of the mission and communicate to you on its design and implementation.

The survey will take around 10 min.

Read more: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/mission-soil-health-and-food


Sneak Preview SoilGrids250m

ISRIC has been updating their soil property maps for the world (SoilGrids250m). Numerous improvements were implemented since publication of the `2017 version’, making this a completely new product. A sneak preview is available at https://www.isric.org/news/sneak-preview-new-edition-soil-property-estimates-world-and-request-feedback-soilgrids250m; the full version with supporting web viewer will be released around March 2020. 

So far, the layers have been submitted to a first draft expert evaluation at ISRIC. We are aware that some layers are prone to change prior to their final release in early 2020. While we continue to address some of the identified issues, you are most welcome to help us improve SoilGrids by providing your expertise for the geographical areas you are most familiar with. For this, you are kindly invited to answer a few questions on the following form https://forms.gle/5xrWZrgzqfG5hP5Y9 to help us to qualitatively evaluate the general patterns of the different layers. You may also help us by sharing soil profile data and soil expertise for your country. 


News from the IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines

The main activity of IUGS-CGGB during November 2019 was the compilation of two IUGS Standard Geochemical Methods manuals:

1. Manual of Standard Methods for Establishing the Global Geochemical Reference Network, and

2. Global Black Soil Project Manual of Standard Geochemical Methods.

The work on the first manual is continuing, whereas the second manual was completed, and submitted to external reviewers for comments.

Further, a member of the IUGS-CGGB Steering Committee participated in two events. The first was the 3rd Workshop of the Global Black Soil Critical Zone Geo-ecological Survey (BASGES), which was held in Chengdu, P.R. China, on the 20th and 21st of November 2019. Alecos Demetriades (Chair of Sampling Committee) presented the final version of the IUGS Global Black Soil Project Manual of Standard Geochemical Methods. The requirements for starting the global field sampling campaign were also presented, and subsequently discussed. The most important requirement is the preparation of two Black Soil project reference samples, and a solid blank reference sample for the mandatory external quality control. Shenyang Geological Survey (project coordinator) finally agreed to prepare the two Black Soil project reference samples, and the preparation of the solid blank reference sample is still being discussed.

The second event was a two-day workshop on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2019 in Chang’an University, School of Earth Science and Resources, Xi’an, P.R. China, where Alecos Demetriades (Chair of CGGB Sampling Committee) given eight lectures, starting from basic Applied geochemistry, Sampling, Sample preparation, Laboratory analysis, Quality control, Statistical-geostatistical data processing, Global- to local-scale geochemical surveys, Phased mineral exploration, and Preparing manuscripts in English for publication in International Journals. The workshop was attended by 22 students from China (17), Egypt (1), Namibia (1), Pakistan (2) and Rwanda (1). At the end of the workshop a USB-memory card with the lectures and other workshop material was given to the attendees.

Follow the IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines at:




[From: IUGS E-Bulletin No. 161 – December 2019]


A newly found Atacama Desert soil community survives on sips of fog

Lichens and other fungi and algae unite to form this ‘grit-crust’ on parched soil. Scientists have discovered a hardy form of biological soil crust that survives on coastal fog in northern Chile. This “grit-crust” creates black and white splotches across the land in Pan de Azúcar National Park

Read more: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-atacama-desert-soil-fungi-lichen-community-survives-fog-sips?fbclid=IwAR3-Pat1R7M4XvjDeI-b1uSu8eITzjEDpj_Feaui-tP36jPqGZXq4nLffZA


Conferences, Meetings and Workshops


Intersoil 2020 – International Conference on Soil, Sediments and Water

Soil as a solution in facing the big challenges and reaching the goals for the planet”

2 & 3 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium.

Major themes: Soil as a solution for health; Soil as a solution for agriculture and food; Soil as a solution for biodiversity; Soil as a sustainable resource; Soil as a solution for energy and climate; with three subthemes: Legislation, methodology and
governance; Technical responses (good interactive and harmonious practices); Economic, social and communication responses.

Call for papers until January 31, 2020

Read more: https://www.webs-event.com/webs/en/event/intersoil/


Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity

10-12 March 2020 at FAO HQ in Rome.

Call for abstracts is open until 31 January 2020.

You can keep up-to-date with official symposium news using the symposium hashtags. Keep soil alive, Protect #SoilBiodiversty!

Read more: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/soil-biodiversity-symposium/en/


Soil Science Conference of Malaysia (SOILS 2020)

Soil Management towards Plant Productivity & Environmental Sustainability”

April 7-9, 2020, Johor Bharu, Malaysia

The year 2020 will witness the collaboration of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and MSSS in organizing the SOILS 2020 conference. It will gather various stakeholders from the private, governmental and non-governmental sectors in deliberating and sharing research findings on soil management and environmental sustainability.

Deadline for extended abstract submission is January 31, 2020

Deadline for early-bird registration is January 31, 2020

Contact: soilsconference2020@gmail.com


ISRIC Spring Schools 2020

Hands-on Digital Soil Mapping 2020 and World Soils and their Assessment Course

May 11 to May 15, 2020, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Hands-on Digital Soil Mapping 2020 introduces methods and software for management, analysis and mapping of soil type and soil properties within the R environment for statistical computing. The course alternates between lectures and computer exercises and covers a variety of subjects, such as geostatistics, machine learning for soil mapping, soil functional mapping, proximal soil sensing, quantification of uncertainty, sampling for mapping 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.

World Soils and their Assessment 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, update 2015), 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.

Registration is open until 2 March 2020 (Early-Bird registration until 31 December 2019)

Read more: http://www.isric.org/utilise/capacity-building/springschool


Global Conference on Sandy Soils 2020

May 31 – June 4, 2020, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sandy soils are widespread throughout the world and used for a range of purposes (agriculture, forestry, rangeland). The conference will focus on all aspects of sandy soils including its properties, distribution, and management. There will be oral and poster sessions, a one-day field trip to the Central Sands Plain of Wisconsin, and ample sessions for discussion.

Deadline for Abstract submission is March 31, 2020

Read more: https://sandysoils.org/submitting-an-abstract/


Eighth session of the GSP Plenary Assembly

3-5 June 2020, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.

Over 300 people including delegates and members of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) are expected to attend the meeting. The Plenary Assembly is the decision-making body of the Global Soil Partnership, it is where GSP partners review and prioritize GSP actions, making important decisions about the global soil agenda.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/detail/en/c/1197439/


4th annual international summer school “Monitoring, modeling and management of urban green infrastructure and soils” (3MUGIS)

Topic 2020 is “Anthropogenic landscapes and soils of European Russia: from Sea to Sea”

6-26 July 2020. Moscow and field tour from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea, Russia

The 3MUGIS summer school is an annual event, which addresses relevant contemporary environmental consequences and opportunities of urbanization with special emphasis on soil functions. The event is organized under the umbrella of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), RUDN University (Russia) and the Urban Soil Institute (USA) with strong cooperation from universities, institutions and research teams from around the world.

The 3MUGIS summer school provides students with first hand field experience examining anthropogenic impact sequences across conventional soil forming factors from Subartic to Subtropical climates. At the end of the program, students will better understand the social, climactic, and geographic factors that contribute to human soil modification in this region; the long-term implications of such changes; practical skills to perform in-field soil monitoring, soil mapping and remote sensing; and applied skills in identifying, implementing, and managing opportunities for urban green infrastructure development.

Deadline for registration: May 1, 2020

Read more: www.3MUGIS.org


2nd international conference “Smart and Sustainable Cities” (SSC-2020)

“Advanced technologies for sustainable development of urban green infrastructure”

8-10 July 2020, Moscow, Russia

Urbanization is a global tendency. Up to 70% of the world population is projected to live in cities by 2050. How will this rapid urbanization alter the face of the world? What are the environmental consequences of megacities’ expansion? What are smart solutions to make life in cities safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly? These and other important questions are addressed by the conference SSC-2020

Deadline for abstract submission for oral presentations: March 1, 2020

Abstract approval and decision on the presentation type (oral/poster): March 31, 2020

Deadline for abstract submission for posters: June 1, 2020

Deadline for registration and subscribing for post-congress tours: June 1, 2020

Read more: www.SSC-conf.org


4th International Organic Phosphorus Workshop

7 – 11 September 2020, Björkliden, Sweden

The workshop will examine advances in our understanding of organic phosphorus in the environment in the 17 years since the first meeting in Ascona, Switzerland, in 2003. By bringing together a small but multidisciplinary group of scientists with a common interest in organic phosphorus cycling, we hope to examine the topic to a depth not normally possible at a large conference. We will explore the fundamental mechanisms behind plant and microbial utilization of organic P, knowledge that will facilitate a better use of this globally important P source. We will cover a broad range of topics across all scales, from molecular chemistry to global cycling. We will explore recent advances in ecological, chemical, microbiological, and analytical aspects of organic P across ecosystems. We encourage involvement of scientists from both the terrestrial and aquatic fields. A specific topic for this workshop will be on climate impacts on organic P cycling.

Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2020

Final registration day: March 31, 2020

Conference website: https://www.arcticcirc.net/our-projects/organic-phosphorus2020


Soils Conference 2020 – Soils, investing in our future

Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science’s joint conference

29 Nov to 4 Dec 2020, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Call for Special Sessions ends February 14, 2020

Call for Abstracts opens March 1, 2020

Read more: https://www.soilscienceaustralia.org.au/soils-conference-2020/

Download the presentation:  https://www.iuss.org/media/ssa_nzsss_ppt_conference_slides.pptx


For the complete list of upcoming events, please see the event calendar on the IUSS website: https://www.iuss.org/meetings-events/


New publications

Reading the Soil Archives, Volume 18 – Unraveling the Geoecological Code of Palaeosols and Sediment Cores

Edited by Jan Van Mourik, Jaap van der Meer; 1st Edition, published in the series Developments in Quaternary Science on 25 November 2019, by Elsevier, 320 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9780444641083, eBook ISBN: 9780444641090, price paperback € 124.39, price eBook € 138.34.

This tome provides details of new techniques for understanding geological history in the form of quantitative pollen analyses, soil micromorphology, OSL (Optically Stimulated Luminescence) dating, phytolith analysis and biomarker analysis. The book presents the genesis of a cultural landscape, based on multi-proxy analysis of paleosoils and integration of geomorphological, pedological and archaeological research results, which can be a model for geoecological landscape studies. Beginning with analytical methods for interpreting soil archives, the book examines methods for reconstructing the landscape genesis.

The book presents strengths and weaknesses of applications, especially in relation to the data from case studies in the Netherlands. The final chapter of the book addresses landscape evolution in different cultural periods. This book offers an integrated approach to geoecological knowledge that is valuable to students and professionals in quaternary science, physical geography, soil science, archaeology, historical geography, and land planning and restructuring.

Read more: https://www.elsevier.com/books/reading-the-soil-archives/van-mourik/978-0-444-64108-3


Soil Resources and Its Mapping Through Geostatistics Using R and QGIS

Edited by Priyabrata Santra, Mahesh Kumar, N.R. Panwar, C.B. Pandey; 1st Edition published by CRC Press on 28 November 2019, 342 pages, Hardback ISBN: 9780367340520, price £92.00.

This book provides an exposure to recent developments in the field of geostatistical modeling, spatial variability of soil resources, and preparation of digital soil maps using R and GIS and potential application of it in agricultural resource management.

Please note: This title is co-published with New India Publishing Agency, Delhi. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Read more: https://www.routledge.com/Soil-Resources-and-Its-Mapping-Through-Geostatistics-Using-R-and-QGIS/Santra-Kumar-Panwar-Pandey/p/book/9780367340520



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