Update: 08.04.2019

Soil stores 10% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

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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.

Fact Sheets

On this page the International Union of Soil Sciences provides fact sheets on soil in relation to issues of high importance for society. The fact sheets are written by well-known experts and are addressed not only to scientists, but also to decision makers and opinion leaders.
Comments are welcome and shall be addressed to iuss@umweltbundesamt.at

February 2018


IUSS Fact Sheet Soil and Biodiversity

Download   fact_sheet_soil_and_biodiversity_final.pdf - 109 kB

October 2017


IUSS Fact Sheet Religions and Soil

Download   fact_sheet_soil_and_religions_final.pdf - 113 kB

September 2017


IUSS Fact Sheet Soil and Land use Change

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_and_land_use_change.pdf - 114 kB


IUSS Fact sheet Soil degradation and desertification

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_degradation_and_desertification.pdf - 241 kB

August 2017


IUSS Fact sheet Soil and Health

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_and_health.pdf - 193 kB

July 2017


IUSS Fact sheet Soil Governance

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_governance.pdf - 139 kB


IUSS Fact sheet Soil and Food Security

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_and_food_security.pdf - 195 kB

June 2017


IUSS Fact sheet Perception of soil by society

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_perception_of_soil_by_society.pdf - 220 kB


IUSS Fact sheet Soil in Western Paintings

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_in_western_paintings.pdf - 197 kB


IUSS Fact sheet Soils and History

Download   iuss_factsheet_soils_and_history.pdf - 100 kB


IUSS Fact sheet Soil and Water quality

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_and_water_quality.pdf - 97 kB


IUSS Fact sheet Soil and Climate

Download   iuss_fact_sheet_soil_and_climate.pdf - 98 kB