IUSS Alert - 23 (March 2007)

Information for and from the global soil science community

IUSS Elections 2007-8

The last round of elections in 2005/6 for Division and Commission Officers was the first time we had endeavoured to broaden the franchise by seeking to involve the full membership. Our Statutes establish an election process which will involve all the membership. The Statutes also require that the successful candidates for Division and Commission Officers are known before the Intercongress  Council Meeting which will be held in Brisbane in late June/early July 2008. This requires us to start the election process.  The Process is as follows:

1. February 2007 - call for nominations.

2. June 30 2007 - Nominations (including short statements) received by Secretary General. The Secretary General will forward nominations to Divisional Nominating Committees

3. September 10 2007 Divisional Nominating Committee will forward to IUSS Electoral Committee lists of candidates to be included on ballot plus lists of candidates not included.

4. September 30, 2007 Secretary General will forward to all National Members the final ballot paper as approved by the IUSS Electoral Committee

5. November and December 2007 Elections organized by National Members

6. February 5, 2008 National Members return number of votes cast for each candidate to the Secretary General

7. March 15 2008 Secretary General on behalf of IUSS Electoral Committee announces result of Election on IUSS website and sends results to national Members.  Divisional Chairs inform successful candidates in their Divisions.

Stephen Nortcliff

Secretary General IUSS

Meetings, workshops, soil tours

X-ray Computed Tomography of Soil

University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, 19-22 August, 2007

There is growing interest in the study of intact soil using X-ray computed tomography (CT). While the early work was focus on soil structure and hydraulic properties, there have also been attempts to apply this technique to other sub-disciplines in soil science. A meeting, entitled 'X-ray Computed Tomography of Soil', will be hosted at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Canada during August 19-22 of 2007. This meeting has received the endorsement of IUSS Commission 1.1, the Micromorphology Committee of the Soil Science Society of America, the Canadian Society of Soil Science, and the Brazilian Society for Soil Science. Interested researchers are asked to indicate their intention to contribute by sending an email to Dr. Richard J. Heck At this time, we would also like to announce the launch of a virtual discussion forum, entitled 'X-ray CT of Soil', and invite all interested to join http://gis.lrs.uoguelph.ca/soilct

Mineral versus organic fertilization conflict or synergism?

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium 16-19 Sept 2007

The symposium will be organized by the Department of Soil Management and Soil Care and The Department of Applied Analytical and Physical Chemistry of Ghent University, the International Scientific Centre for Fertilizers (CIEC) and the Institute for Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, Braunschweig. The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2007. More information can be found on the website:


50th Anniversary Desert Soil-Geomorphology Project Tour

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA 21 - 25 May 2007

This tour will consist of field stops at soils ranging from less than 150 years to over 2,000,000 years old. Fundamentals in soil classification, soil morphology, and soil-geomorphic relations will be illustrated at large trenches and arroyo exposures, some of which extend through several kinds of soils and illustrate soil boundaries. Tour stops will also illustrate glacial-interglacial climatic effects on landscape stability, pedogenic carbonate accumulation, destruction of argillic horizons, micromorphology, orographic effects on organic matter accumulation, and repeat photography of vegetation since the 1960s. For more information and to register go to http://desertprojecttour.nmsu.edu/ or contact Curtis Monger John Hawley

International Young Scholar Network for Earth Systems Science Third Workshop

Bristol, UK 2-5 June, 2007

This small workshop will focus on understanding decision making on land-use issues, in order to move towards modelling these processes in Earth System Models. We encourage interdisciplinary applicants from the natural and social sciences, economics, engineers and scholars from the humanities with research interests in the Earth system. The goal of the YSN workshop will be a manuscript reviewing the state-of-art in decision-making in land-use modelling and its impacts on biogeochemistry and climate from an Earth's System perspective, and prioritise future research topics. Participants will be expected to write whitepapers before the workshop, and continue finalizing the manuscript after the workshop.For more information see the attached flyer and also the web page at:


Vacancy: Professor in Soil Physics - Gent

The faculty of Bioscience Engineering in Gent, Belgium, has a vacancy for a professorship, starting from 1 October 2007. It concerns a job as full-time Professor in the rank of Lecturer (docent) or Professor in the rank of Senior Lecturer (hoofddocent) in the Department of Soil Management and Soil Care, charged with academic teaching (in Dutch), scientific research and carrying out scientific duties in the field of Soil Physics. More detailed information on this vacancy and on the way this job fits in the department's strategy can be obtained from Donald Gabriels

Digital Soil Mapping - An Introductory Perspective

Digital Soil Mapping - An Introductory Perspective, Edited by Philippe Lagacherie, Alex McBratney, and Marc Voltz, compiles the main ideas and methodologies that have been proposed and tested within these last fifteen years in the field of Digital Soil Mapping (DSM). Begining with current experiences of soil information system developments in various regions of the world, this volume presents states of the art of different topics covered by DSM: Conception and handling of soil databases, sampling methods, new soil spatial covariates, Quantitative spatial modelling, Quality assessment and representation of DSM outputs. This book provides a solid support to students, researchers and engineers interested in modernising soil survey approaches with numerical techniques. It is also of great interest for potential soil data users. More details here

Bibliographic & ordering Information

Hardbound, 658 pages, publication date: December 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0-444-52958-9

ISBN-10: 0-444-52958-6


Price GBP 95, US$ 165, EUR 137

Practical  books for all scientists


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