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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This website provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.

IUSS Working Groups

The scientific activities of IUSS are undertaken through Divisions, Commissions and Working Groups.

Below you find information about the Working Groups and contact details of the Working Groups’ officers.



Division 1

Cryosols

Chair: Megan Balks
Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Waikato / New Zealand
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Vice Chair: -

Digital Soil Mapping

>>Further information

Chair: Laura Poggio
ISRIC / The Netherlands
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Vice Chair: Alessandro Samuel-Rosa
Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Santa Helena / Brazil
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Digital Soil Morphometrics

>>Further information

Chair: Alfred Hartemink
University of Wisconsin / Madison, USA
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Vice Chair: -

Global Soil Map

Contact person: Dominique Arrouays
INRA / France
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Proximal Soil Sensing

WG Information

Chair: Zhou Shi
College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University / China
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Vice Chair: Craig Lobsey
National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture / Australia
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Soil Information Standards

WG Information

Chair: Peter Wilson
CSIRO Land and Water / Australia
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Vice Chair: Rainer Baritz
EEA / Denmark
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Soil Monitoring

Chair: Dominique Arrouays
INRA- Orleans / France
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Vice Chair: Ben Marchant
British Geological Survey / UK
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Universal Soil Classification

WG Information

Chair: Budiman Minasny
The University of Sydney / Australia
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Vice Chair: Philip R. Owens
United States Department of Agriculture / USA
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World Reference Base

WG Information
WRB at FAO

Chair: Peter Schad
Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde, Technische Universität München D-85350 Freising / Germany
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Vice Chair: Stephan Mantel
The Netherlands
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Division 2

Critical Zone System

Chair: Hans-Jörg Vogel
Helmhotz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ / Germany
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Vice Chair:
tbd

Soil Modeling Consortium

Contact person: Harry Vereecken
Forschungszentrum Jülich / Germany
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Vice Chair: Michael H. Young
University of Texas at Austin / USA
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Division 3

Acid Sulphate Soils

Chair: Anton Boman
Geological Survey of Finland / Finland
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Vice Chair: Vanessa Wong
Monash University / Australia
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Forest Soils

Chair: Zhihong Xu
Griffith University / Australia
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Vice Chair: Chris Johnson
Syracuse University / USA
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Paddy Soils

Chair: Mizuhiko Nishida
Tohoku University/Japan
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Vice Chair: Bentio Heru Purwanto
Gadjah Mada University / Indonesia
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Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas (SUITMA)

WG Information

Chair: Kye-Hoon John Kim
The University of Seoul / Korea
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Vice Chair: Przemysław Charzyński
Department of Soil Science and Landscape Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń / Poland
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Division 4

Cultural Patterns of Soil Understanding

Chair: Nikola Patzel
Germany
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Vice Chair: Erik Brevik
Dickinson State Univ. / USA
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