Update: 25.04.2017

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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.

IUSS Working Groups

The scientific activities of IUSS are undertaken through Divisions, Commissions and Working Groups.

Below you find information about the Working Groups and contact details of the Working Groups’ officers.

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Division 1

Cryosols

Chair: Megan Balks
Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Waikato / New Zealand
Contact

Vice Chair: -

Digital Soil Mapping

Further information

Chair: Laura Poggio
The James Hutton Institute / Scotland UK
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Vice Chair: Luboš Borůvka
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague / Czech Republic
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Digital Soil Morphometrics

Further information

Chair: Alfred Hartemink
University of Wisconsin / Madison, USA
Contact

Vice Chair: -

Global Soil Map

Contact person: Dominique Arrouays
INRA / France
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Proximal Soil Sensing

WG Information

Chair: Zhou Shi
College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University / China
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Vice Chair: Craig Lobsey
National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture / Australia
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Soil Information Standards

WG Information

Chair: Peter Wilson
CSIRO Land and Water / Australia
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Vice Chair: Rainer Baritz
BGR / Germany
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Soil Monitoring

Chair: Dominique Arrouays
INRA- Orleans / France
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Vice Chair: Ben Marchant
British Geological Survey / UK
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Universal Soil Classification

WG Information

Chair: Jon Hempel
USDA-NRCS / USA
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Vice Chair: Luca Montanarella
EU-JRC, Ispra / Italy
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World Reference Base

WG Information

Chair: Peter Schad
Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde, Technische Universität München D-85350 Freising / Germany
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Vice Chair: Cornie Van Huyssteen
South Africa
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Division 2

Critical Zone System

Chair: Henry Lin
Pennsylvania State University / USA
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Vice Chair: Hans-Jörg Vogel
Helmhotz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ / Germany
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Soil Modeling Consortium

Contact person: Harry Vereecken
Forschungszentrum Jülich / Germany
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Division 3

Acid Sulphate Soils

Chair: Leigh Sullivan
Southern Cross University / Australia
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Vice Chair: Peter Österholm
Abo University / Finland
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Forest Soils

Chair: Zhihong Xu
Griffith University / Australia
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Vice Chair: Chris Johnson
Syracuse University / USA
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Land Degradation

Chair: Bal Ram Singh
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, Ås / Norway
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Vice Chair: Rattan Lal
Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, School of Natural Resources, OSU, Columbus / USA
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Modelling of Soil and Landscape Evolution

Further information

Chair: Peter Finke
University of Ghent / Belgium
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Vice Chair: Tom Vanwalleghem
University of Cordoba / Spain
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Paddy Soils

Chair: Mizuhiko Nishida
NARO Tohoku Agricultural Research Center / Japan
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Vice Chair: Bentio Heru Purwanto
Gadjah Mada University / Indonesia
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Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas (SUITMA)

WG Information

Chair: Kye-Hoon John Kim
The University of Seoul / Korea
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Vice Chair: Przemysław Charzyński
Department of Soil Science and Landscape Management, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń / Poland
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Division 4

Cultural Patterns of Soil Understanding

Chair: Nikola Patzel
Germany
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Heritage Soils

Chair: David Dent
England
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Vice Chair: Boris Boincean
Republic of Moldova
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