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April 27

Belmont Forum + Virtual Meetings and Resources + Research


Belmont Forum

"The Belmont Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a collaborative research call on the theme: Towards Sustainability of Soils and Groundwater for Society. The goal of this CRA is to produce the necessary knowledge and propose solutions to maintain well-functioning soils and groundwater systems in the Critical Zone1, or rehabilitate them where degraded, through:"

  1. Better understanding of the long- and shorter-time dynamics and functions of soils and groundwater, impacts from societal (including economics) decisions, integrative management practices, public policies, and how these systems have been transformed; and,
  2. Providing avenues, pathways, and narratives toward transformation of management practices of the whole soil and groundwater systems through a fundamental shift of socio-economic actors’ practices and related-decisions making processes.


Funding possibility through:"

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Chinese Taipei MOST Ministry of Science and Technology
Annex France AllEnvi French Alliance for Environmental Research
Annex France ANR National Research Agency
Annex Italy CNR-DSSTTA National Research Council of Italy,
Department Earth System Sciences and Environmental Technologies
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency
Annex Qatar QNRF Qatar National Research Fund
Annex Russia RFBR Russian Foundation for Basic Research
Annex Saudi Arabia KAUST King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation

More info here:


Three upcoming virtual meetings:

European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2020

Scientific sessions: download presentation materials, discuss through public commenting, and participate in live text-based chats. More information on the scientific sessions' page.
Union symposia: 5 interactive webinars discuss overarching and interdisciplinary topics of EGU-wide interest.
Great debates: join in the debate of 5 current discussion topics in the geosciences.
Short courses: each day one or two short courses are available as webinars.
Townhall meetings: join in the discussion of new initiatives and opportunities of geoscientific interest via live, text-based chat.
Photo Competition: vote in the online EGU Photo Competition.
#shareEGUart: follow our online artists, Stacy Phillips and Priyanka Das Rajkakati, and share your own creativity around your research with the hashtag #shareEGUart.
Division meetings: update yourself on division news and give feedback.
Networking events: meet your colleagues.


CSDMS 2020 Annual Meeting

CSDMS 2020 Annual Meeting is now virtual and open to all CSDMS members!
CSDMS homepage


Ecological Forecasting Initiative 2020: Coordinating the NEON-enabled forecasting challenge


Featured publication:

Vetrovski et al. 2020 GlobalFungi: Global database of fungal records from high-throughput-sequencing metabarcoding studies. bioRxiv 2020.04.24.060384; doi:

A collection of 120 million of unique sequence variants of the fungal internal transcribed spacers (ITS) 1 and 2, covering >20 000 samples contained in 207 original studies.

Figure: Map of locations of samples contained in the GlobalFungi database. Each point
represents one or several samples where fungal community composition was reported using
high-throughput-sequencing methods targeting the ITS1 or ITS2 marker of fungi. The map
was created using the 'leaflet' package that uses an open-source JavaScript library for
mobile-friendly interactive maps (GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE). (Vetrovski et al. 2020)


Video: Research and tools

Video: Research and tools to achieve a more productive and sustainable agriculture, combining geophysics-based soil mapping and crop growth modelling.

Featured by Markus Flury, Washington State University, Editor in Chief Vadose Zone Journal; Cosimo Brogi, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and Nimrod Schwartz, The Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem.



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