14 Mar 2017

Through a live streaming video connection, Class 4B and 4A of Concordia International School in Hanoi, Vietnam have explored the soils of the world in the ISRIC world soil museum. The students, on average 10 years old, are studying soils in a science module that delves into topics such as landscape, soil formation and how soils are managed. The class was introduced to the soils in the museum that is located 8862 km in a straight line from their school, by Stephan Mantel, Head of the World Soil Museum.

26 Jan 2017

ISRIC has released a large set of standardised soil profile data for the world. It contains 4 million records for some 94 thousand profiles. The data are freely available from our website.

The data come from various sources. The provenance and licence strongly determined which data could be standardised and subsequently served to the international community.

Procedures for obtaining, checking, standardising, and serving the various source data were published in Earth System Science Data (17 February 2017), an open-access journal.

19 Jan 2017

ISRIC – World Soil Information signed an agreement with the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IARRP/CAAS), to cooperate in research and innovation on cultivated land quality conservation and novel fertilizers.

19 Jan 2017

ISRIC has signed an agreement with FAO within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for capacity building to support 16 countries in the development of national soil organic carbon (SOC) maps.

The renewed recognition of the central role of soil resources for assuring food security and the increased awareness that soil play a fundamental role in climate change adaptation and mitigation has put soils on the global agenda.

19 Jan 2017

ISRIC – World Soil Information supports the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP) implemented by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Global Mechanism.