Team

Soil Resources Assessment:

Rationale

Soil data and information are relevant for a number of EU policy areas: agriculture, soil protection, water protection, nature protection, development policy, health and sustainable development. The EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection addresses these different policy areas in a coherent manner and proposes the way forward towards effective soil protection in Europe. Policy relevant soil data and information will therefore play a crucial role in the policy development and implementation process. In addition, a number of global multilateral agreements also ratified by the European Community (UNFCCC, CBD, UNCCD) demand an increasing amount of soil data and information: climate change, biodiversity and desertification are global issues that are strongly related to soil degradation phenomena at the global scale. This Action will provide through the establishment of the European Soil Data Centre a single focal point for soil data and information for the Commission. It will therefore support the other Commission’s services in the negotiations of the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the proposal for a Soil Framework Directive through the EU Institutions and their subsequent implementation in the Member States. The Action will also facilitate the reporting and assessment obligations by Member States.

Activities

EU policy relevant soil information, from initial field data collection all the way to final reporting will be managed by this project. This is achieved by using the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) as the single soil information focal point. It will serve the Commission’s needs in negotiating through the EU Institutions the new Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (COM (2006)231) and the Soil Framework Directive (COM(2006)232) as well as their subsequent implementation in Member States. Advanced modelling techniques and scenario analyses will be used to provide soil information to end users in relation to the major threats to soil identified in the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (erosion, decline of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides, sealing, contamination and loss of soil biodiversity). A strong scientific and technical support to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will be provided by promoting the reform of the Committee of Science and Technology (CST) of the UNCCD and by the development of an operational Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS) for the regular assessment of global soil degradation processes. ESDAC provides a coherent approach to soil data collection and distribution for all different policy areas and initiatives relevant to the EU, while assuring high scientific quality, policy relevance and technical support as needed.

The project focuses on the following overarching objectives:The establishment of the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) as a single focal point for all soil data and information in Europe. The development of procedures and methods for data collection, quality assessment and control, data management and storage, data distribution to Commission and external users, fully complying with INSPIRE principles for spatial data infrastructures. Research and development of advanced modeling techniques, indicators and scenario analyses in relation to the major threats to soil (erosion, decline of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides, sealing, contamination, and loss of soil biodiversity), as identified in the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection. Supporting the other Commission's services with soil information and scientific as well as technical assistance in negotiating the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the proposal for a Soil Framework Directive through the EU Institutions and their subsequent implementation at Community and Member State level. Extension of the coverage of the European Soil Information System (EUSIS) towards a fully operational Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS), providing relevant soil information for the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements, like UNFCCC, CBD and UNCCD, and contributing to the ground segment of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES). 

 

Luca Montanarella

Unit: Land Resource Management/ SOIL action

Position: Action Leader in SOIL

Competences: Action Leader

Working since 1992 as scientific project manager in the European Commission. Leading the Soil Data and Information Systems activities of the Joint Research Centre in support to the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and numerous other soil related policies, like the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the UNCCD, UNFCCC, CBD, etc…Responsible of the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), the European Soil Information System (EUSIS) and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN).Recently in charge of supporting the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) at FAO.Currently chairing the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) and the IPBES thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration (LDR).More then 200 publications, books and reports.Numerous awards and memberships.
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Arwyn Jones

Unit: Land Resource Management/ SOIL action

Position: Communication Officer and GIS developer

Competences: Communication, Awareness raising, EEA SOER, Atlases

1980-1983: Study of. Physical Geography and Geology- University College Wales, Aberystwyth (UK), graduated as Bachelor of Science; 1983-1986: PhD in Geomorphological mapping from remote sensing data in arid regions - Reading University (UK) 1986-1988: Researcher, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology-Remote Sensing Applications Unit - Bangor (UK) - Topographic correction of satellite imagery, EC Less Favoured Areas GIS. 1988-1992: Researcher, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology-Environmental Information Centre - Cambridge (UK) - First Digital Land Cover Map of UK from multi-temporal Landsat data, spectral mixture modelling of coastal sediments, Lead investigator in 1st EC Airborne Imaging Spectrometry Campaign. 1992-1993: Head GIS Unit, CCW (UK Government Advisors on Environmental Issues) Bangor (UK) - Responsible for developing and implementing GIS as operational technology in the workings of the orgainisation; Programme to digitise SSSI boundaries and Public Rights of Way in Wales for UK National Mapping Agency (O.S.) Since 1993 scientific officer at the Commission of the European Communities, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy; 1993-1996: Environmental Informatics Unit, Environment Institute on Centre for Earth Observation, POP Sicilia Programme, Chernobyl Atlas, and application support; 1997-1998: Environmental Information Systems, Environment Institute Data and information management for large environmentally oriented projects ; GIS support and development GIS for Humanitarian Demining Managing Water Resources in Lombardia 1998-Present - Soil & Waste Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability: Support of EC de-mining activities in the Balkans, WWW-GIS Integration for Hydrological Decision Support in the Rhur; GIS tools for regional pesticide modelling s. Since 2003 he has been active in the JRC action “ Soil Data and Information Systems ” (SOIL). Successful PhDs studies on N20 emissions from agricultural soil and modelling soil vulnerability to chemical contamination. Support to European Soil Bureau Network activities. Numerous scientific publications: lead editor Soil Atlas of Europe. Main interests are: Soil Databases, GIS, soil protection. Since 2000, IES Enlargement Contact Officer. Member of IES Scientific Committee.
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Marc Van Liedekerke

Unit: Land Resource Management/ SOIL action

Position: Web, GIS and Database Development

Competences: ESDAC, INSPIRE

Marc Van Liedekerke received an MSc. degree in Elektrotechnical Engeneering from the State University of Ghent (B) in 1983 and an MSc. in Informatics from the same university in 1984. He has been an assistant professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (1984-1986) performing research in the fields of medical image enhancement and industrial visual inspection. Marc joined the European Commission Joint Research Centre in 1987. From 1987 to 1993 he has been active in the emerging fields of Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Graphical User Interface programming through participation in the ESPRIT projects Archon and Kwick. Since then he has specialized in data and information management for large environmentally oriented projects, for which he integrates databases and models with Geographical Information Systems and scientific visualization components, which are then made on-line accessible in the Web environment. Through the MANSEV project, he pioneered, in collaboration with EMEA and EU pharmaceutical companies, the web-based submission of medicine applications at EU-level. From 1996-1998 he was taking care of data for the ACE2 project and associated campaign through a set of web-enabled systems.  In 1998 he contributed to the development of Policy Relevant indicators in the domain of locally contaminated sites. In support to DG SANCO and European Member States (industry and regulatory bodies), he developed and still operates the FOCUS Information System and Helpdesk in the area of the registration of plant protection products. Marc played a central role in the development of the the EU-funded Euroharp database and applications, a research project in the area of the EU Water Framework Directive. He was at the origins of the development of the European LCA Platform, an initiative by DG ENV. Since 2006, he is responsible for the European Soil Data Centre, concentrating on soil data management issues at EU level and taking care of the distribution of soil related data and information through digital means. In that respect, together with EEA, he is co-managing the EIONET NRC Soil network. As soil data specialist, during th eperiod 2010-2012 he was an active contributor in the technical team responsible for the INSPIRE Directive Annex-III Soil data specifications. 
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Panos Panagos

Unit: Land Resource Management

Position: Research Scientific Officer

Competences: Soil Erosion, Modelling, Rainfall erosivity, soil erodibility, European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), Soil Organic Carbon, Digital Soil Mapping, Newsletter

Panagos Panos has a PhD in soil erosion modelling awarded from University of Basel. He also received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in University of Patras (2005-2010). He also studied Informatics in the homonymous Department of Athens University of Economics & Business during the period 1989-1993. From 1993 to 1997 he has worked as a software developer in the private sector in Greece and then moved to Brussels, Belgium. During the period 1997-2000 he has been IT consultant for European Commission in relation to the project Euro Info Centres (DG Enterprise), after which he returned to Greece to become the Head of the Information Systems Department at the private company INTRAMET.He joined the European Commission - Joint Research Centre in 2001 with duties in database administration and development of GIS and Web applications. He has participated in the many FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects EUROHARP, PECOMINES, EWCZ-EuWASP, Geoland-2, DIGISOIL, I-Soil, eSoter, SoilTrEC, CASCADE, EcoFinders, RECARE. He joined the Land Management and Natural Hazards Unit in 2006 and then the Land Resource Management Unit in 2012. His role in the SOIL team is to model soil erosion at European scale. He has also developed various studies and publications on soil erosion factors. Moreover, Panos Panagos has been involved in the development of the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC). He is Project Leader for some of the FP-7 projects. He is also involved in the development of the "European Soil Database (distribution version 2)" and in various projects such as MEUSIS (Multi-Scal Soil Information Systems) and EuDASM (European Archive of Digital Soil Maps). During the last years he is also involved in soil data modelling relevant to soil erosion and soil organic carbon. He has published more than 70 scientific articles in Peer review international Journals including a recent correspondence in NATURE.
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Alberto Orgiazzi

Unit: Land Resource Management

Position: Post-Doc

Competences:

Alberto Orgiazzi had an MSc in Plant Biotechnology at University of Torino in 2008. Then he started and received, in 2012, a PhD in Biology and Biotechnology of Fungi at the same university. His MSc and PhD projects were focused on the analysis of soil biodiversity. In particular, he investigated the fungal biodiversity in soils subjected to different managements. In order to analyse soil biodiversity he used both molecular "traditional" techniques (cloning and sequencing) and next generation sequencing technology (pyrosequencing). Throughout his PhD he spent research periods at the University of Lion (France) and at the AGROSCOPE Research Station in Zurich (Switzerland). In January 2013, he joined the SOIL action team of the Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy) of the European Commission as postdoc grantholder (cat. 30). His project deals with the development of the Global Atlas of Soil Biodiversity in the frame of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. 
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Emanuele Lugato

Unit: Land Resource Management – Soil action

Position: post-doc (cat. 30)

Competences: soil organic carbon , CAPRESE, agro-ecosystem modelling

Emanuele Lugato graduated in Agricultural Science at the University of Padova in 1999. He received his PhD at the Department of Environmental Agronomy in 2005, after having completed an exchange period at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (Colorado State University). He worked as post-doc at the Department of Environmental Agronomy at the University of Padova, also collaborating with the University of Udine and the Enrico Mattei Fundation. From 2010 to 2012, he has worked at the Institute of Biometeorology (CNR) as researcher. His main fields of interest include soil organic carbon dynamics and accounting, agro-ecosystem modelling, GHG assessment and biogeochemical cycles. In 2012, he joined the European Commission Joint Research Center (IES - Soil action) to develop modeling tools predicting quantitative effect of different mitigation measurements on soil organic carbon in agricultural soils (CAPRESE project).
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Cristiano Ballabio

Unit: Land Resource Management – Soil action

Position: post-doc (cat. 30)

Competences: Digital Soil Mapping, Pedometrics, Spatial ecology

Cristiano Ballabio graduated in Environmental Sciences, at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He has been working as a free-lance consultant in soil and environmental sciences, focusing mostly on GIS and mapping. After two years as a free-lance consultant, he went back to academy work on landslide hazard as a research fellow within the frame of the ALARM project. At the end of the ALARM project he enrolled in a PhD course in Geology and geotechnologies at the University of Milano-Bicocca, focusing on spatial statistics and studying radioactive contamination in the Alps. During the PhD he spent several months at the Australian Centre for Precision Agriculture, University of Sydney (Australia) as a visiting student. After getting the PhD degree he worked as a research fellow at the Department of Environmental and Land Sciences of the University of Milano-Bicocca. He has been a lecturer in Environmental Geology in the University of Milano-Bicocca and lecturer of Spatial Statistics in training courses of different governmental institutions. Beside mapping related skills he possess a solid experience in soil surveys, with experience as a field surveyor in very diverse environments all around the world. He joined jrc in 2012 to work on the Global Soil Map.net project. Main research topics include: - Digital Soil Mapping and Pedometrics - Groundwater pollution hazard estimation and mapping - Landslide hazard mapping - Soil pollution mapping and risk assessment - Spatial ecology
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Ana Payá Pérez

Unit: Land Resource Management/ SOIL action

Position: Scientific Officer/Project leader on Contaminated Sites

Competences: Soil chemistry, EIONET Soil, awareness raising

Ana Payá Pérez holds since 1982 a degree in Chemistry from the University of Murcia (Spain) and a M.Sc in Agro-chemistry, specialising in the fate of chemicals in soil, transport, transformation and toxicity of pollutants in soil environments. In 1987 she started her career at the JRC- Environment Institute at the Soil, Waste and Water Unit. In 2000 she moved to the IHCP's European Chemicals Bureau, in the years 2007-2009 she led the activities on environmental risk assessment and building up the competences of the staff going to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki for the implementation of the REACH Regulation, and from 2009-2014 for the Biocides Products Regulation. She has been responsible for managing the Technical Committees for the risk assessment of biocidal active substances.  She coordinated the Working Group for the revision of the Technical Guidance Document in support of the Commission Directives on Risk Assessment for New Notified Chemicals, Biocides and Existing Chemicals. She has been member of the Commission's Scientific Committee for Toxicology, eco-toxicology and Environment (CSTEE) Working Group on Terrestrial Environment, and representative of the European Commission at the OECD Task Force on Biocides. She is co-author of more than 80 contributions to monographs, EUR Reports and international journals in the field of evaluation and development of tools for the assessment of chemicals, and she is a member of the International Society of Soil Science and of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.  At the IES, she is leading the soil contamination activities of the Land Resource Management Unit, which include providing support to related policies such as the EU fertiliser and pesticide regulations, waste policy, and relevant soil protection chapters in multilateral international environmental agreements (UNCCD, CBD, UNFCCC and others).
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Oihane Fernández Ugalde

Unit: D3

Position: Scientific / Technical Project Officer

Competences: Soil quality, Soil organic carbon, Soil structure, Organo-mineral interactions

Oihane Fernández Ugalde graduated in Agricultural Engineering at the Public University of Navarre (Spain) in 2006. She received her PhD in Soil Science at the same university in 2010, after an internship at the Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment - USDA in Iowa (USA). She worked as post-doc researcher at the Laboratory of Geology of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris (France, 2011-2012) and the Geology Department of the University of the Basque Country (Spain, 2013). She joined the Soil Project of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in 2014. Her research topics are: soil quality of agro-ecosystems, dynamics of soil organic carbon in agro-ecosytems, mechanisms of soil structure formation and stabilization, and contribution of organo-mineral interactions to aggregation and organic carbon storage in soil. Her work at JRC is focused on the development of soil quality indicators and of soil monitoring systems at European scale.
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Former Colleagues

Thanks to all former colleagues being part of SOIL Team in the past:

  • Gergely Toth (2005-2017)
  • Yusuf Yigini (2010-2016)
  • Pasquale Borelli (2013-2016)
  • Marco Nocita (2011-2014)
  • Francesca Bampa (2011-2014)
  • Delphine de Brogniez (2011-2014)
  • Ece Aksoy (2011-2014)
  • Ciro Gardi (2011-2014)
  • Melanie Weynants (2011-2014)
  • Rannveig Anna Guicharnaud (2011-2014)
  • Martha Dunbar (2011-2014)
  • Thorunn Petursdottir (2010 - 2013)
  • Miet Van Den Eeckhaut (2009 - 2012)
  • Olivier Dewitte (2008 - 2011)
  • Claudio Bosco (2008 - 2011)
  • Sara Barcelo (2008 - 2011)
  • Iason Diafas (2008 - 2011)
  • Simon Jeffery (2008 - 2011)
  • Frank Verheijen (2008 - 2011)
  • Hicham El-belrhiti (2009 - 2011)
  • Vit Penizek (2008 - 2010)
  • Roberto Cenci (1971 - 2011)
  • Florence Carre (2005 - 2010)
  • Ezio Rusco (2006 - 2009)
  • Kabindra Adhikari (2006 - 2009)
  • Brechje Maréchal (2007 - 2009)
  • Hannes Isaak Reuter (2005 - 2008)
  • Beata Houskova (2004 - 2008)
  • Luis Rodríguez Lado (2005 - 2008)
  • Tomislav Hengl (2006 - 2007)
  • Nicola Filippi (2000 - 2007)
  • Roman Seliger (2004 - 2007)
  • Senthil-Kumar Selvaradjou (2004 - 2007)