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News from Soil-MIP and CONNECT Panel:

Infiltration from the Pedon to Global Grid Scales: An Overview and Outlook for Land Surface Modeling (Vereecken et al.) published in Vadose Zone Journal and added to Soil-MIP portal.

Core Ideas:

  • Land surface models (LSMs) show a large variety in describing and upscaling infiltration.
  • Soil structural effects on infiltration in LSMs are mostly neglected.
  • New soil databases may help to parameterize infiltration processes in LSMs

Link to paper: here.


New Soil-MIP study added:

Review of quantitative tools to assess the diffuse pollution response to farm adaptation and mitigation under climate change (Shepherd et al.) added to Soil-MIP Studies
Review to evaluate thirty published models for their capability to simulate agricultural production systems and associated environmental system losses.
Link to Soil Model Intercomparison Projects


News from DO-LINK:

BonaRes Data Portal added to Meta Data Portal. The BonaRes Data Portal is a specialized repository for soil and soil related research data. Metadata are free for discovery while data are provided under the creative commons license. Respecting the right of first use some research data are subjected to a limited embargo.

Soil Meta-Data Repository


SOPHIE workshop at Wageningen Soil Conference on Friday Aug. 30th
SOPHIE supports the realisation of qualified soil hydro-physics (SHP) data, highly needed in EU policy making, coming from EU-wide agreed, preferred, and innovated cost-effective laboratory- and field methods, accomplished through international collaboration (> 14 collaborating laboratories; > 150 people from different EU-institutions). SHP-properties determine the soil-water-interactions: water flow and transport of dissolved compounds (e.g. nitrogen, phosphates, pesticides, antibiotics).  SHP-properties are water-retention, -conductivity, -shrinkage, OM, texture, structure, density. These properties play an important role in issues concerning Food security, Salinity, GHG-emissions, Nature conservation, Healthy Soils, Infrastructural damage (soil shrinkage), etc.
The side-event takes place on Aug. 30th 2019, 13-15:30h. During this side-event we will discuss SOPHIE’s Reference sample proceedings, General development agenda, and Business & Organisational model. We expect a max of 30 participants. If you are interested in attending please contact Dr Gerben Bakker
More info:


International Conference of ICT for Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change
The conference is organized by the Universidad del Cauca in Popayán (Colombia) on November 20-22, 2019
AACC'19 brings together scholars, researchers, experts, and practitioners with a common interest in the interdisciplinary fields of ICT to share knowledge and novel approaches in the application of information and communications technologies to solutions that allow improving farming and agricultural production in climate change scenarios.
Overall, these include decision support and early warning systems for agriculture, soil air and water quality models, Knowledge discovery and data mining, IoT and Smart Farming, ICT to Agricultural traceability and food safety, among others.
AACC'19 will have a master and doctoral symposium for the presentation of research work related to conference themes.
Important Dates:

  •     30th August 2019: Submission deadline
  •     27th September 2019: Notification of acceptance
  •     14th October 2019: Camera-ready papers due
  •     20th – 22nd November 2019: AACC'19 Conference

Sessions and programme details:


AGRYSOS becomes partner of ISMC

The 'Technology for the sustainability of agricultural systems. S2018/BAA-43307' aims to contribute to the transition toward a climate smart and digitalized agriculture in Spain through the collaboration of research groups, enterprises and other stakeholders. The consortium started this action program in 2009, and it has progressively increased since then. The current proposal is composed by 7 research groups of the UPM, CIEMAT, INIA and UAM, 10 companies from the fertilizer, seeds and food sectors, several associated researchers, 3 farmers’ associations from the national or regional level, and 1 public entity. They all actively contribute to research and/or transfer activities. More infos: here.


Call for Experts on Soil Biodiversity Assessment

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative and the European Commission are pleased to launch a call for experts for the establishment of a Working Group to develop a global and regional assessment of the state of knowledge on soil biodiversity.

The assessment will cover the current status of soil biodiversity, as well as opportunities and challenges to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The call for expert is addressed to technical experts from governments, scientists and researchers, NGOs, policy makers at all levels, members of existing initiatives, and any other relevant stakeholder.

More info here.



AGU 2019

AGU 2019 is coming up! A separate ISMC News will follow for AGU2019.
Please send me your sessions you would like to have promoted in ISMC and partner networks!

ISMC organizes an Early Career Workshop on the Sunday before AGU. The Soil Science Networking Event engages ECRs for a joint publication output and to exchange experience in a structured discussion. More details:




EGU2020 Session Proposals is open until Aug. 15th. Submission here: link.



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