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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.

December 2006, New York, USA

A workshop was held at the University of Columbia (USA) from 4 to 6 December 2006. The workshop was attended by 30 scientists from universities, research centres and developmental organizations across the globe. The group has formed a consortium that will seek funding for this major global effort. The PowerPoints presented during this three-days workshop and a list of participants is at The Columbia University workshop followed several activities of the IUSS Digital Soil Mapping Working Group.

The consortium proposes to make a new digital soil map of the world using state-of-the-art and emerging technologies for soil mapping and predicting soil properties at fine resolution. This new global soil map will be supplemented by interpretation and functionality options that aim to assist better decisions in a range of global issues like food production and hunger eradication, climate change, and environmental degradation.

Consortium members include the Earth Institute of Columbia University, CIAT-TSBF-ICRAF in Kenya, ISSAS in China, EU-JRC in Italy, NRCS in N.America, Embrapa-CIAT in L. America and CSIRO in the Australia-Oceania region. The consortium will be lead by ISRIC – World Soil Information in Wageningen, the Netherlands.

The first workshop in December 2006, New York

The first workshop in December 2006, New York