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From 15-19 May 2017, ISRIC - World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on mapping and assessment of soils for soil and environmental scientists, experts and professionals in natural resources management. The Spring School will take place on the Wageningen Campus. It will consist of two five-day courses that are run in parallel:
1. Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF)
The aim of this course is to introduce methods and software for the management, analysis and modelling of soil data within the R environment for statistical computing. The course includes lectures and computer exercises and covers a variety of subjects, such as 2D and 3D geostatistics, regression modelling for soil mapping, quantification of uncertainty in soil modelling, sampling for soil mapping, and soil data visualisation. We will also run a series of demos using facilities for web-based upload and download of soil profile data (www.soilprofiles.org) and environmental covariate maps (www.worldgrids.org), algorithms for 3D digital soil mapping at regional and global scales, and the SoilInfo App for mobile devices (soilinfo.isric.org). This course aims at digital soil mappers, ecologists and environmental scientists and students interested in producing soil maps and/or using global soil datasets for spatial modelling purposes (www.soilgrids.org).
2. World Soils and their Assessment (WSA)
This is a course on international standards for soils assessment. It will provide an introduction to the soils of the world and their diversity, their main forming factors, their classification (according to the World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2014), and their management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises. It will make use of the facilities of the new World Soil Museum. The course 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. This course aims at scientists, professionals, e.g. in natural resources management planning, and students who have an interest in soils and their assessment for their work or study, with aspects of soil formation, description, classification and evaluation.
Deadline for registration is February 12th, 2017