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|2 December 2013||L'Atlas européen de la biodiversité des sols disponible en français||Interesting Event: Lancement de la version française de l'Atlas européen de la Biodiversité des Sols
La journée mondiale des sols de la FAO Colloque international de l'Association Française pour l'Étude du Sol (AFES)
A l'occasion de la Journée Mondiale des Sols, le Centre commun de recherche (JRC), service scientifique de la Commission européenne, publie la version française de sa cartographie unique des sols européens.
5 décembre 2013 à Paris (A l'Auditorium de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture Française (SNHF) au 84, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris )
|28 November 2013||Pan-European Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) stock of agricultural soils||Interesting dataset: The future EU policy in agriculture will utilized SOC as indicator, both as a main parameter of soil quality and as a strategy to offset CO2 emission by C sequestration. However a consistent picture of agricultural SOC stock is missing as well as tools to orient the future policymaker decisions. We estimated a current top SOC stock of 17.63 Gt in EU agricultural soils, by an unprecedented model application running about 164,000 combination of climate, soil and land use/management.
The Data [Soil organic stock (t C ha-1) in the layer 0-30 cm at 2010 and hectares under agricultural land use] are available as Shape Files.
A detailed explanation of the methodology and the platform of simulation developed could be found in: Lugato E., Panagos P., Bampa, F., Jones A., Montanarella L. (2013). A new baseline of organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils using a modelling approach. Global change biology. In Press.
|26 November 2013||Factsheets of SoCo Project in 20 languages||Documents: The public user can donwload the package of the 10 factsheets in one of the 20 languages. fact sheets are based on the findings of the 'Sustainable agriculture and soil conservation' (SoCo) project. The factsheets cover three main topics: Soil degradation processes, Soil-friendly farming systems and practices and Soil-relevant policies.
SoCo Project background: In 2007, the European Parliament requested the European Commission to carry out a project on "Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation through simplified cultivation techniques".
|21 November 2013||Soil data and information for development||Interesting event: The first Soil Atlas of Africa, the result of a collaboration between the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation–EuropeAid, uses informative maps and texts and stunning photos to explore how to protect Africa's soil resources. Leading soil scientists from Europe and Africa collaborated in its production. Using state-of-the-art computer mapping techniques, the Atlas shows the changing nature of the soil in Africa. It describes the different African soil types and explains their origin and functions.
Venue: Brussels, Belgium. 27 November 2013.
|18 November 2013||Soil Erosion in Crete||Interesting dataset: A new soil erosion model, namely G2, was applied in the island of Crete with a focus on agricultural landuses, including potential grazing lands. The G2 model was developed within the the framework of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security(GMES, now Copernicus) initiative supported by Geoland2 and SoilTrEC FP7 projects. The G2 model takes advantage of the empirical background of the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) and the Gavrilovic model, together with readily available time series of vegetation layers and 10-min rainfall intensity data to produce monthly time-step erosion risk maps at 300 m cell size.
The season from October to January (the rainy season in Crete) was found to be the most critical, accounting for 80% of the annual erosion in the island. Seasonal erosion figures proved to be crucial for the identification of erosion hotspots and of risky land uses. In Crete, high annual erosion figures were detected in natural grasslands and shrublands mainly due to the intensification of livestock grazing during the past decades. The G2 model allows for the integrated spatio-temporal monitoring of soil erosion per land-use type based on moderate data input requirements and existing datasets.
Download the data layers (monthly erosion, rainfall erosivity, vegetation retention, soil erodibility, Topographic influence, slope intercept).
|13 November 2013||European Regional Partnership||Global Soil Partnership: On 31 October and taking the opportunity of the second Global Soil Week, the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat convened a workshop to discuss about the establishment of the European Soil Partnership. The Berlin communiqué was prepared by the participants GSP partners and agreed to establish the European Soil Partnership whose Secretariat is based in Ispra, Italy. Also, the establishment of a Sub-regional Soil Partnership within the European Soil Partnership whose Secretariat would be based in Moscow, Russian Federation was endorsed. An ad-hoc steering committee was set up in order to support the different activities that will be implemented for its next meeting during first semester of 2014.
Download the Berlin communiqué.
|11 November 2013||Report on 2nd Global Soil Week||Summary Report: The second Global Soil Week (GSW 2013) convened in Berlin, Germany, from Sunday, 27 October, to Thursday, 31
October 2013, on the theme "Losing Ground?" Following an opening reception on 27 October, participants assembled in plenary discussions, interactive dialogue sessions and an action
forum from 28-30 October. The discussions were organized around four thematic threads corresponding to key areas of response to global soil loss: transforming global material and
nutrient cycles; upscaling sustainable land management (SLM) and soil engineering at the landscape level; integrating land and soils in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) debate; and responsible land governance.
|25 October 2013||Additional Spatial layers derived from the European Soil Database||Data available: The layers of soil properties of STUs are only intended to facilitate modelling purposes. The final result of the modelling activity should be aggregated to SMUs or another larger mapping unit. The derived data are in part based on the STU table of the ESDB and other data sources : Harmonized World Soil Database (HWSD), Soil and Terrain Database (SOTER). The available layers include: Total available water content, Depth available to roots, Clay, Silt, Sand, Organic carbon, Bulk Density, Coarse fragments.
|23 October 2013||Circular Flow Land Use Management (CircUse)||Project results: Find attached illustrations resulting from the EU project CIRCUSE* (about soil protection and land management) which terminated in August 2013 (http://www.circuse.eu) and was co-financed by the ERDF. In order to support European soil awareness a number of illustrations have been produced in various languages.
|22 October 2013||Workshop with FP7 project Coordinators||Interesting workshop: On 10-11 June 2013 DG RTD organised a workshop on "Fostering innovative dialogue between researchers and stakeholders to meet future challenges: Land, Soil, Desertification, Urban and Community-Based Environmental Management". Participants of this workshop were members of the European Commission services, FP7 project COORDINATORS (in Soil & Land Management, Desertification, Community-based approaches to Environmental management, Urban risks, Urban development & Planning) and stakeholders. Those projects have been funded by the Environment Programme of DG RTD, Unit I.3 "Management of Natural Resources". Find attached the 2-days Agenda.
A first Meeting with the FP7 project coordinators took place in October 2012.
During the 2-days meeting 22 Projects have been presented in 4 different sessions:
Soil & Land Management (4): LUPIS, VOLANTE, ECOFINDERS, SOILTREC
Desertification (6): DESIRE/RECARE, PRACTICE / CASCADE, LEDDRA, UNDESERT
Community-based approaches to Environmental management(5): COBRA, COMBIOSERVE, CIVI.NET, COMET-LA, ECOADAPT
Urban risks, Urban development & Planning (7): Megacities, TURAS, GEOURBAN/BRIDGE, CLUVA, SECOA, URBAN-NEXUS, GREEN SURGE
plus 12 presentations from Stakeholders.
|17 October 2013||European Regional/Sub-regional Soil Partnership||Interesting side Event: With regard to Europe, the GSP Secretariat, taking advantage of the upcoming Second Global Soil Week (GSW) in Berlin, Germany from 27 to 31 October 2013 has, in consultation with partners, organized a workshop towards a European Regional/Sub-regional Soil Partnership. The objective will be to discuss the launch of this important regional initiative with European partners.
Venue: Second Global Soil Week, Berlin, 31 October 2013 14:00
|2 October 2013||Global Soil Week 2013||Major Event: Once lost, it is gone forever: the soil beneath our feet. Each year, billions of tonnes are lost due to erosion, indiscriminant environmental exploitation and poor political decisions. Hunger and the intensification of conflicts over land rights are some of the devastating results of this loss. Yet, it is not too late to work against the further loss of our soil. For the second time, stakeholders representing political, scientific and civil society communities from all over the world will meet at the Global Soil Week to draw attention to the limited but often forgotten natural resource, soil, and highlight the need to manage this resource in a sustainable manner.
In accordance with this year's motto 'Losing Ground?' we will discuss the changes that must be initiated to encourage responsible political actions in land management. To that end, participants will be developing a common action plan.
The Global Soil Week is organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies with our partners, the European Commission, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the United Nations Environment Programme, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Society for International Cooperation and the German Federal Environment Agency.
|2 October 2013||Biogeochemical Processes at Air-Soil-Water Interfaces and Environmental Protection||Conference: The objective of the Conference, whose general subject is split into four main areas (Concept, Factors, Processes, and Techniques) is to promote exchange and discussion on the complex processes occurring at the Air-Soil-Water interfaces in a perspective of environmental protection.
Venue: Imola, Italy 23-26 June 2014.
|1 October 2013||Soil Biodiversity Atlas in Youtube||Social Media: 10 Minutes video describing the Soil Biodiversity Atlas. Free to download for public users.
On the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity (2010), and within the frame of the European Union's Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability of the JRC published the first ever European atlas about soils and their hidden living beings. An essential reference to the varied aspects of life within the soil, to safeguard soil biodiversity on this planet.
|27 September 2013||Soil Science Societies Directory||Informative List: Find the updated list of 58 Soil Science Societies in the World. You may notice that there are some missing countries and if you would like to add your National Soil Science Society to this list, please send us an E-mail. Feel free to distribute the newsletter among the members of your soil science society.
|23 September 2013||Land and Soil Management Award for good agriculture and environmental conditions||Call Award: The aim of this prize is to encourage new concepts of protection and their implementation and to enhance awareness of the importance of land and soil in connection with good agriculture and environmental conditions. This prize will reward professionals working in the area of land use and soil management pursuing the EU's soil protection goals, in particular those of the Soil Thematic Strategy. The Land and Soil Management Award is intended to recognize quality instruments and management practices which contribute to the protection of land and the soil, by improving the quality of the environment
|20 September 2013||Call for experts on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability||Call for Experts: Under the scope of the EIP on sustainable agriculture there has been a new call for expression of interest to participate in focus groups on specific agricultural topics to facilitate innovative actions in the field and better connect science and practice different agricultural topics.
Of special interest to the soil community would be the topic 'Soil organic matter content: Mediterranean region'.
A focus group consists of up to 20 experts: farmers, representatives from industries (where appropriate), consumers (where appropriate), scientists, other stakeholders (e.g. NGOs), etc. and will last for up to 18 months. Nominations will be done by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission on the basis of the qualification of applicants.
|10 September 2013||Threats to the Soil Resource Base of Food Security in China and Europe||Important Document: To secure adequate food supply is the major challenge for humanity in the 21st century. Growing world population and its urbanization put pressure on this basic need, which is further threatened by the constant loss of fertile land. The assessment of sustainability of food supply under increasing pressure on land resources has been selected as one of the most important priority topics of the activities of Sino-EU Panel on Land and Soil (SEPLS).
The Panel has performed a number of related researches and discussed the results on a scientific seminar in January 2012 in Nanjing, China. This report is an output of this seminar with a summary of the structured discussions on the
|10 September 2013||The LUCAS Topsoil data are made available||Important Dataset: The available datasets include data from 19,969 samples from 25 Member States. Samples have been analysed for the percentage of coarse fragments, particle size distribution (% clay, silt and sand content), pH (in CaCl2 and H2O), organic carbon (g/kg), carbonate content (g/kg), phosphorous content (mg/kg), total nitrogen content (g/kg), extractable potassium content (mg/kg) , cation exchange capacity (cmol(+)/kg) and for most samples multispectral properties are available. The data are freely available and can be downloaded after prior registration.
The report "LUCAS Topsoil Survey: methodology, data and results" provides a detailed insight into the design and methodology of the data collection and laboratory analysis.
|10 September 2013||LUCAS Topsoil Survey: methodology, data and results||Important Document: In 2009, the European Commission extended the periodic Land Use/Land Cover Area Frame Survey (LUCAS) to sample and analyse the main properties of topsoil in 23 Member States of the European Union (EU). This topsoil survey represents the first attempt to build a consistent spatial database of the soil cover across The EU based on standard sampling and analytical procedures, with the analysis of all soil samples being carried out in a single laboratory. Approximately 20,000 points were selected out of the main LUCAS grid for the collection of soil samples. A standardised sampling procedure was used to collect around 0.5 kg of topsoil. The samples were dispatched to a central laboratory for physical and chemical analyses. Subsequently, Malta and Cyprus provided soil samples even though the main LUCAS survey was not carried on their territories. Cyprus has adapted the sampling methodology of LUCAS-Topsoil for (the southern part of the island) while Malta adjusted its national sampling grid to correspond to the LUCAS standards. Bulgaria and Romania have been sampled in 2012. However, the analysis is ongoing and the results are not included in this report.|
|10 September 2013||Sino-EU Seminar on land resource allocation||Interesting event: Land and soil experts from China and Europe gathered in Brussels on the 15th April 2013 to discuss the most stressing issues related to land resources allocation in these two regions of the world. Chinese and European conditions differ, and local characteristics are diverse within their regions as well. However, interlinkages between the economic systems and dependencies from global trends (climate change, social development etc.) make common thinking and harmonized solutions necessary. Find the presentation of this interesting meeting together with the Minutes/conclusions and brief summary of the discussions.
|3 September 2013||18 peer-review publications from SOIL action in 2012||Research papers: The SOIL team has published 18 peer reviewed publications during 2012. Find them below:
European Soil Data Centre: Response to European policy support and public data requirements
Metal toxicity and biodiversity in serpentine soils: Application of bioassay tests and microarthropod index
Combining satellite derived phenology with climate data for climate change impact assessment
Prediction of soil organic carbon for different levels of soil moisture using Vis-NIR spectroscopy
Soil Information in Support of Policy Making and Awareness Raising
Soil processes and functions across an international network of Critical Zone Observatories: introduction to experimental methods and initial results
Monthly soil erosion monitoring based on remotely sensed biophysical parameters: a case study in Strymonas river basin towards a functional pan-European service
Legal frameworks for soil protection: current development and technical information requirements
Object-oriented Identification of Forested Landslides with Derivatives of Single Pulse LiDAR Data
Global governance of soil resources as a necessary condition for sustainable development
A plant ecology approach to digital soil mapping, improving the prediction of soil organic carbon content in alpine grasslands
Statistical Modelling of Europe-wide Landslide Susceptibility Using Limited Landslide Inventory Data
Impact of land-take on the land resource base for crop production in the European Union
Satellite remote sensing for soil mapping in Africa: An overview
Spatial and temporal variability of rainfall erosivity factor for Switzerland
Water retention of salt affected soils: quantitative estimation using soil survey information
State of the art of national landslide databases in Europe and their potential for assessing landslide susceptibility, hazard and risk
Soil erodibility estimation using LUCAS point survey data of Europe
|3 September 2013||Current session proposals of the Soil System Sciences Division of the EGU||Announcement:The EGU General Assembly 2014 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Especially for young scientists, it is the aim of the EGU to provide a forum where they can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcome you in Vienna
|27 August 2013||Mapping Soil Properties for Europe - Spatial Representation of Soil Database Attributes||Interesting Report: The European Soil Database (ESDB) provides the most detailed and comprehensive set of data for soil properties with pan-European coverage. However, using the ESDB soil properties in combination with spatial applications is hampered by the structure of the database for soil typological attributes. In this study a layer of mapped typological units was used to resolve issues related to the database structure for the spatial representation of soil properties and to map key soil properties to standardized spatial layers. The information available from the ESDB tends to be more suited to characterise the site of a soil unit, including morphological conditions. The range of soil property data was extended by the Harmonized World Soil Database (HWSD), which provides more detailed information on soil properties. Combining data from both databases was achieved by processing the attributes in a database management system and then linking the output to a spatial reference layer and by transferring attributes to the spatial layer from each database and processing the data by spatial overlay functions of a Geographic Information System (GIS).
|15 July 2013||European Network on Soil Awareness||Awareness Raising: The European Network on Soil Awareness will hold its third meeting at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen from 19-20 September 2013.
The conference is open to both soil specialists with a specific interest in raising awareness of soils as well as other interest groups whose role involves an understanding of specific aspects of soil, for example, planners, education, local authorities and special interest groups. An opportunity for exchanging ideas and experiences of engagement with soils at different levels.
More information on the relevant Flyer.
|03 July 2013||Soil Maps of Germany and Finland||Maps available: Find metatada and PDF/JPEG scanned images for the 270 Maps of Germany . Also, we have inserted metadata for 24 Maps of Finland
|01 July 2013||Soil Maps of North America||Maps available: Find metatada and PDF/JPEG scanned images for the 63 Maps of Canada and 234 maps of United States of America. The EuDASM archive includes more than 5.300 maps from 142 countries and all the continent. Metadata are provided for each of the Maps.
|26 June 2013||Download the Soil Atlas of Africa||User facility: The Soil Atlas of Africa is also available for download. Atlas pages are to be downloaded individually (176 pages in total), either in PDF format (higher quality) or JPEG format. The user can navigate the Atlas by using the Navigation Buttons and/or selecting a section from the Contents Menu. There are 176 files for download, covering all the pages.
|25 June 2013||First Plenary Assembly of FAO's Global Soil Partnership||Policy Event: First Plenary Assembly of FAO's Global Soil Partnership, Rome, 11-12 June 2013.
Adoption of the Rules of Procedure (RoP), the nomination for, and establishment of, the Inter-governmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), and the development of the GSP Roadmap and Plans of Action. The ITPS is now established and Luca Montanarella (JRC) is one of its members.
|25 June 2013||EU research||Brochure: More information on research priorities and European RTD project. Focus on Soil and Sustainable - Land Use Management.
|20 June 2013||2nd Global Soil Week 2013 "Losing Ground?"||Interesting Event: You are striving towards achieving a more sustainable use of soils? You are working on responsible land governance, sustainable soil and land management or international soil policy?
We invite you to contribute to the 2nd Global Soil Week 2013 "Losing Ground?" which will take place in Berlin on 27-31 October 2013.
|20 June 2013||Pan-European Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) stock of agricultural soils||Interesting research: The future EU policy in agriculture will utilized SOC as indicator, both as a main parameter of soil quality and as a strategy to offset CO2 emission by C sequestration. However a consistent picture of agricultural SOC stock is missing as well as tools to orient the future policymaker decisions. We estimated a current top SOC stock of 17.63 Gt in EU agricultural soils, by an unprecedented model application running about 164,000 combination of climate, soil and land use/management. A detailed explanation of the methodology and the platform of simulation developed could be found in: Lugato E., Panagos P., Bampa, F., Jones A., Montanarella L. (2013). A new baseline of organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils using a modelling approach. Global change biology. In Press.
|14 June 2013||20th World Congress of Soil Science||Important Event: We are pleased to announce that the 20th World Congress of Soil Science will be held at the International Convention Center Jeju (ICC Jeju) on Jeju Island, Korea, from June 8th to 13th, 2014. The theme of the conference is Soils Embrace Life and Universe, and the congress is also a celebration of 90 years IUSS. Jeju is an oval-shaped volcanic island with 1,950 meter Halla Mountain in the middle. Jeju is known for its unique volcanic features making the entire island a volcanic museum. For further information see www.20wcss.org or e-mail email@example.com. Abstract Submission On-line Registration are Open. Deadline for Abstract Submission: October 31, 2013.
|03 June 2013||Soil Resources of Mediterranean and Caucasus Countries||Important Publication: This book is result of the workshop on "Extension of the European Soil Database" held in Izmir/Turkey on 14-15 May 2012. The country reports on the status of soil mapping and the development of national soil information systems were presented briefly and discussed in relation to the objective on extension of the European soil database and information system. The most recent extension studies cover Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey this book features country chapters, with contributions from 13 of the above-mentioned countries.
|03 June 2013||Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas||How you can contribute?: Pick one of your pictures on soil and its biodiversity and send it to us. Get more information about this Photo Contest (EN, FR, DE, IT) .
The best selected pictures will be published in the forthcoming atlas.Taking pictures of soil biodiversity is not limited to soil-dwelling organisms.
Here is a list of the four topics for the photos that you could send us: Soil organisms, Soil ecosystems, Threats to soil biodiversity, Awareness of soil biodiversity.
|29 May 2013||Training School||Important activity for young scientists: The second training school of COST Action ES1104 will take place in Valenzano, Bari, Italy from 19-24 September 2013. 'Semi-Arid Land Management for Crop Production and Restoration of Man-made Soils' will be held at the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB). Applicants must be graduate students, post-docs, or early stage researchers, and must be enrolled in or affiliated to an Institution located in a country participating in this COST Action (deadline: 12/7/2013).
More Information: http://desertrestorationhub.com/funding-opportunities-for-second-training-school/
|29 April 2013||Soil Atlas of Africa||The Highlight of the Year: The Soil Atlas of Africa, the first of its kind, uses striking maps, informative texts and stunning photographs to present the diversity of soil across the African continent. It explains what soil is, where it comes from, the unique characteristics of soils in Africa, the services soil provides to society and the environment, and how soil resources are affected by human activities. With its stunning full-colour maps and illustrations, it explains why it is so important to preserve this precious natural resource. The Atlas was produced by the JRC in collaboration with the African Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the African Soil Science Society and soil scientists from Africa and Europe.
The aim of the atlas is to raise awareness at all levels, from politicians to the general public, of the significance of soil to life in Africa. With its stunning full-colour maps and illustrations, the atlas explains the diversity of soil across the African continent and explains why it is so important to preserve this precious resource. It analyses the major threats to soil and presents the steps needed to protect soil resources.
You can download the PDF version of the Atlas. Physical copies of the book will be available through the EU Publications Office towards the end of June 2013.
|29 April 2013||Vacancy: Trainee for the Support to the Danube Land and Soil Nexus (DLSN)||Open vacancy: The ideal candidate should have a master degree in geography, geosciences or environmental science. Previous experience
with spatial data management and GIS is an dvantage. Relevant publications and presentations should be highlighted.
13 Trainee posts: http://recruitment.jrc.ec.europa.eu/?type=TR
More vacancies: http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/vacancies/
|29 April 2013||Soil Spectroscopy: the present and the future of soil monitoring||Interesting Workshop: The Global Soil Partnership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have the pleasure of organising this workshop in order to contribute to soil monitoring activities as a response to environmental challenges.
Workshop Venue: 4 - 6 December 2013 at the FAO Headquarters, located in Rome, Italy.
The main aim of the workshop is to raise awareness among scientists, policy makers, farmers associations and soil practitioners about the possibilities that spectroscopy offers for checking soil status while reducing the need for traditional chemical analyses.
|29 April 2013||Study supporting potential land and soil targets under the 2014 land communication||Call for proposals: The Directorate-General for Environment invites applications for its study supporting potential land and soil targets under the 2014 land communication. The main objective of this study is to assist the Commission services in setting up a suitable framework for measuring and tracking the status and progress on land-related aspects. Targets include land take, land recycling, EU land demand in third countries, land multi-functionality and similar concepts, as well as soil erosion and soil organic matter. Legal persons based in EU states or authorised countries under the WTO procurement agreement may submit bids
More Information on the DG ENV site: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/calls_en.htm
|26 April 2013||Economics of soils in (peri-)urban context||Call for proposals: The European Environment Agency (EEA) envisages awarding a contract to a service provider for support on a project on the role of soils in contributing to, or adversely affecting, the functioning of (peri-)urban areas (delineated as urban morphological zones [UMZs]) in the EEA-39 (32 member countries and 7 cooperating countries), with particular focus on the economic ramifications thereof.
More Information on the EEA site: http://www.eea.europa.eu/about-us/tenders/negotiated-procedures
|23 April 2013||Mapping Soil Typologies - Spatial Decision Support Applied to European Soil Database||Interesting Publication: For many applications of modelling environmental conditions or processes soil characteristics are needed in form of spatial data
ready to be integrated in a GIS. A source of uniform data on characteristics of European soils is available from the European Soil
Database (ESDB) of the European Soil Bureau. The soil information was collected by participating national institutions and underwent
an extensive process of harmonizing the thematic content of recording the soil characteristics and ensuring spatial continuity along
boundaries. In the database a many-to-1 link is used to relate soil characteristics to the geographic layer. Thus, considerably effort is
required to represent specific soil characteristics in a single spatial layer.
|17 April 2013||Survey on threats to soil biodiversity||Your feedback is needed: This survey is being conducted to allow us to assess the potential threats to soil biodiversity at global scale. The relative risk, correlated to both anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic pressures, for soil biota is indeed poorly known. Understanding how which factors impact soil life will be useful to measure and prevent possible future losses of biodiversity.
The aim of this questionnaire is to provide a scored index for the main recognized threats to soil biodiversity. In order to reach this goal, we need the contribution from experts on soil biodiversity issues. The questionnaire consists of 3 questions and should take only 5 minutes to complete.
|15 April 2013||First GlobalSoilMap Conference||Important Event: The first GlobalSoilMap Conference will be held in Orleans, France, from 7 to 9 October 2013. The deadline for a one page abstract submission is 30 May 2013 – The selection of the papers (acceptance, choice between oral and poster) will be based on the abstracts and you'll be informed in June. A template for a full 6 pages paper to be edited in a book will be soon available on the website, and the deadline for full papers submission will be 31 July 2013.
|10 April 2013||Global Soil Biodiversity Assessment and Atlas||Global development: The GSBA will coordinate an international network of scientists and policy makers in an effort to synthesize present knowledge of crucial taxonomic groups in soil, identify how soil biodiversity and its services can be measured across the wide range of ecosystems in the world, address vulnerabilities of soil biota and ecosystem services and recommend future management applications based on scientific knowledge.
In the frame of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, the SOIL Action (22004) of the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Environment and Sustainability is glad to announce that the writing of the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas (GSBA) has been scheduled. The development of the GSBA will be coordinated by the SOIL Action itself. The list of Authors of the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas is also presented. A first tentative to develop the Atlas cover is also presented.
|10 April 2013||Processing Indices of Change and Extremes from Regional Climate Change Data||Interesting publication (Documentation for the Climate Change data): Indicators of climate change and extremes from regional models coming from the PRUDENCE project of the Danish Meteorological Institute, the consortial simulation of the Climate Limited-area Modelling Community and 12 runs of bias-corrected data from the ENSEMBLES project were processed. The resulting indicators were standardized to a common map projection, grid size and spatial extent to be directly available for further analysis or integration with other spatial data. The indicators were used in the data available from the European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT), the European Database of Vulnerabilities to Natural Hazards (EVDAB), the JRC activities within the FP7 RESPONSES project and support the evaluation of changes in soil organic carbon under climate scenarios.
|8 April 2013||PostDoc Vacancy in Soil Action||Vacancies:
Development of a harmonized Northern-Eurasian soil information base for soil quality assessment: The ideal candidate should have a PhD in soil science, biology or related field with very good knowledge in spatial soil datasets or a minimum of 5 years research experience in soil science after the first degree giving access to doctoral studies.
More Posts of Grant Holders in Joint Research Centre expiring in different deadlines: http://recruitment.jrc.ec.europa.eu/?inst=3511&site=IPR&type=GH
|4 April 2013||Climate Change Regional Indicators of Change and Extremes||Interesting Dataset: Indicators of climate change and extremes from regional models coming from 3 sources: PRUDENCE project of the Danish Meteorological Institute, consortial simulation of the Climate Limited-area Modelling (CLM) Community, 12 runs of bias-corrected data from the ENSEMBLES project. Datasets refer to Temperature, Precipitation, Precipitation intensity, Relative Humidity, Aridity Index, HUMIDEX, Heat wave plus statistical indicators such as Min, Max, Percentiles and Standard deviation.
The datasets are available after a prior registration.
|15 March 2013||UNCCD special sessions organised by JRC||Important Event The European Commission organises Special Sessions on (1) The New World Atlas of Desertification (WAD) contributing to economic valuation of land degradation, and (2) a CASCADE Special Session on how to overcome the difficulties of successful engagement of non-scientific stakeholders. Participants in UNCCD conference are invited to follow this special sessions, WAD 10/4/2013 8:30-9:45 and CASCADE 11/4/2013 8:30-10:00. Bonn, Germany. WAD is a JRC initiative jointly with UNEP and a vast network of experts. SOIL Action staff, S. Sommer is part of the Conference Steering Committee.
More information on UNCCD Programme: https://www.conftool.pro/2sc-unccd/sessions.php
|6 March 2013||EIONET 2012 final report||EIONET Meeting Minutes including the various discussions, conclusions and planned actions are now available.
|22 February 2013||Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012||Interesting publication: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents information on past and projected climate change and related impacts in Europe, based on a range of indicators. The report also assesses the vulnerability of society, human health and ecosystems in Europe and identifies those regions in Europe most at risk from climate change. Furthermore, the report discusses the principle sources of uncertainty for the indicators and notes how monitoring and scenario development can improve our understanding of climate change, its impacts and related vulnerabilities.
The Soil Chapter has been drafted by the JRC SOIL Team (pages 146-157)
|22 February 2013||LIFE+ 2013||Call for Proposals: The seventh LIFE+ call for proposals was published on 19 February 2013, with up to €278 million available for co-financing of projects under three headings: Nature and Biodiversity (NAT), Environment Policy and Governance (ENV) and Information and Communication (INF).
|22 February 2013||International Conference Biochars, Composts, and Digestates||Event Announcement: The International Conference BCD2013 "Biochars, Composts and Digestates. Production, Characterization, Regulation, Marketing, Uses and Environmental Impact" will be held in Bari, Italy, from 17 to 20 October 2013, presided by Prof. Nicola Senesi of the University of Bari. The Conference will focus on and develop the various scientific and applied aspects of biochar, compost and digestate science and technology, including field approaches and implications in a sustainable environment. The Conference will be scheduled in four general sessions and a number of special sessions. The 1st Circular is now available in the Conference website (www.bcd2013.eu), where detailed information can be found, including the General Provisional Programme, the Call for Proposals to convene Special Sessions, the Call for Abstracts, the Registration fees, all deadlines, and much more. Any interested person is cordially invited to visit the BCD2013 website, and encouraged to submit Abstract(s) (deadline 31 March 2013) through the appropriate form available in the Conference website. For more details visit www.bcd2013.eu.
|22 February 2013||Soil Biodiversity||New content: The European Soil Portal has updated the Soil Biodiversity pages with new "Fresh" information. The updated page includes information on Definition of soil biodiversity, Methods for studying , Role of soil biodiversity, Brief history Value and importance of studying soil biodiversity.
The on-line publications sections has been updated with new published articles in peer review journals.
|15 February 2013||European Landslide Susceptibility Map (Version 1 available for download)||New dataset: This newly available raster map, called ELSUS1000, shows levels of spatial probability of landslide occurrence in EU member states and neighbouring countries at 1 km resolution. The map has been derived through spatial multicriteria evaluation based modelling using pan-European datasets on slope angle, lithology, and land cover, along with over 100,000 landslide locations. It has been produced jointly by BGR, JRC, CNRS-EOST and CNR-IRPI, and is freely available from the European Soil Portal together with a number of ancillary spatial datasets.
|14 February 2013||2 PostDoc Vacancies in Soil Action||Vacancies:
Modeling Wind Erosion at European scale: The ideal candidate should have should have a Ph.D. in soil erosion preferably in wind erosion
modeling or a minimum of 5 years research experience in wind erosion modeling after the first degree giving access to doctoral studies
Digital soil mapping and land use modeling: The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in soil science preferably in digital soil mapping and land use modelling or a minimum of 5 years of research experience (digital soil mapping and land use modelling) after the first degree giving access to doctoral studies
27 Posts of Grant Holders in different deadlines: http://recruitment.jrc.ec.europa.eu/?inst=3511&site=IPR&type=GH
|14 February 2013||Call for Expression of Interest for CONTRACT AGENTS RESEARCHERS – FUNCTION GROUP IV||Contract Agents Competition: At the request of the European Commission (EC) and in particular the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is launching a selection procedure to set up a database of successful candidates from which to recruit research contract staff (Contract Agents FGIV) with the aforementioned profiles for the provision of additional capacity.
If you have a sound track record of research in Natural Sciences; Quantitative Sciences; Human and Social Sciences; Agricultural, Environmental and Earth Sciences; Health Sciences, you can make all the difference within the JRC's stimulating multicultural environment.
|14 February 2013||INSPIRE soil data specifications||Policy development: After 2.5 years of work, the INSPIRE Thematic Working Group on SOIL is in a position to release the INSPIRE soil data specifications ('Technical Guidelines').
It is a document that has been the basis for some new European legislation (INSPIRE Implementing Rules) that describes the structure in which national authorities that hold soil data must make their data available to the public.
The final proposed legislative act still needs to be voted by the so-called INSPIRE Committee (on 4 April 2013) and then approved by European Council/Parliament. So during summer 2013, it is expected that the new regulation will entry into force. This will have of course consequences for the holders of soil data in Europe. The regulation is quite dry text and fairly difficult to understand for people not familiar with INSPIRE matters. The Technical Guidelines makes the legislative text more approachable.
|14 February 2013||Meeting FP7 project Coordinators in Urban Issues, Soil Biodiversity, Desertification and Land Degradation||Meeting output: On 22-23 October 2012 DG RTD organised a meeting of European Commission services with the FP7 project Coordinatos in Urban Issues, Soil Biodiversity, Desertification and Land Degradation. Those projects have been funded by the Environment Programme of DG RTD, Unit "Management of Natural Resources".
The Projects presentations during this meeting are now available.
During the 2-days meeting 21 Projects have been presented in 4 different sessions:
Urban soil (4): TIMBRE, CityChlor, HOMBRE, LUPIS
Soil Biodiversity (3): SOILTREC, EcoFINDERs, SOILSERVICE
Urban Risks and urban development(5): SUME , BRIDGE, CLUVA, SECOA, URBAN-NEXUS
Desertification and Land Resources Management (9): SMARTSOIL, CASCADE, DESIRE, PRACTICE, UNDESERT , CATCH-C, VOLANTE, DESURVEY, LEDDRA
|8 February 2013||Landslide inventories in Europe and policy recommendations for their interoperability and harmonisation - A JRC contribution to the EU-FP7 SafeLand project||Research Report: This report provides a detailed review of existing national landslide inventories as well as of a number of regional inventories in EU member states and neighbouring countries. For national landslide databases, it also analyses their ability to provide landslide susceptibility, hazard and risk assessments at national scale. In addition, the report proposes improvements in landslide databases for delineating areas at risk of landslides in agreement with the EU Soil Thematic Strategy and its associated Proposal for a Soil Framework Directive, and for achieving interoperability and harmonisation in agreement with the INSPIRE Directive.
|23 January 2013||EIONET Meeting (December 2012)||Meeting output: This workshop was held at JRC Ispra from 10 to 12 December 2012, organized by the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the JRC.
Representatives from EIONET member countries have been invited to the meeting together with representatives from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and DG Environment to discuss the soil information and data flow between the interested parties during the period 2009-2012. The workshop dealt with the following issues: it reflected on the last two data collection exercises held in 2010 (soil organic carbon/soil erosion) and 2011 (contaminated sites); it discussed how possible new soil data requirements specified by DG ENV and EEA (as main customers) could be matched with contributions from EIONET National Reference Centres for Soil and an outline of the road ahead was agreed for the short term. The presentations of the EIONET Workshop Soil 2012 (held here in JRC Ispra last December) are now available.
|15 January 2013||Wind Erosion dataset||Dataset available for download: Wind erosion is the transport of soil particles by wind and forms part of the degradation process on arable land by segregating the soil particles.
Number of Erosive days: The dataset provides an overview of the geographic spread of areas prone to wind erosion. This dataset shows the 30 year average soil erosivity according to climatic conditions (e.g. wind velocity) and the erodibility of the soil (e.g. texture). A layer of aggregated data of mean values calculated for the 'Wind erosion - number of erosive days' at NUTS3 level is also available.
Agriculture Field Parameters on NUTS-3 regions for Wind erosion research: The dataset contains averaged Field Size, Field Orientation, Field Length, Average Number of Images, Percentage of Large Fields and Length to Width Ratios for the EU 27 Memberstates and Switzerland, aggregated to NUTS region. The analysis is based on approximately 400 satellite images from the IMAGE2000 archive.
|14 January 2013||Trainee Vacancy in SOIL Action, IES, JRC, Ispra, Italy||Vacancy: Trainee in "Inventory of Contaminated Sites in Europe" (only for Turkish citizens). The ideal candidate should have a master
degree in chemistry, physics, engineering or environmental science. Previous experience with contaminated sites management is an advantage .
Duration: 12 - 24 Months
|11 January 2013||Work Programme 2013||Policy Implementation: The Work Programme 2013 for SOIL Action is Available. Deliverables and Objectives of the Action are included.
|11 January 2013||Summer of Soil||Awareness Raising Events: Summer of Soil is a 5-week, multi-disciplinary accelerator program designed to awaken and inspire a collaborative movement to rebuild and maintain living soils.
The program will include a series of hands-on soil-related Courses, an exhibition of regenerative growing practices and the 5-day Living Soil Forum for bringing conversation to action.
99% of our food comes from our soil. 25% of this soil as already been degraded to the level where it can no longer support food production. We are losing 10 million hectares of fertils soil each year. That is 30 soccer fields per minute. Agriculture is responsible for 75% of soil degradation.
The FAO, European Union and others recognize the importance of soil and warn for the negative influence of unsustainable agriculture and soil management on the health of our soils and food security.
Venue: 7 JUL - 9 AUG 2013, Järna, Sweden
|3 January 2013||Soil of year 2013||Awareness Raising: The Plaggic Anthrosol (Plaggenesch) has been selected as Germany's "Soil of the Year 2013". The German name Plaggenesch combines the terms "Plaggen" and "Esch". "Plaggen", or sods, are flat blocks of soil material with its above herbal or shrub or grassy vegetation and felted roots, shallowly scraped with a hoe or a spade.
|3 January 2013||Open vacancies in JRC and other Institutions||A number of open vacancies in environmental (and soil-related) fields.
Posts are available in International Organisations such as European Commission, Joint Research Centre, ISRIC, and other organisations/universities, etc.
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