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Input Needed: Soil Model Intercomparison; New Co-Chair! Community paper on Infiltration; Global Symposium on Soil Erosion; Global Soil Erosion Dataset

Input Needed: Soil Model Intercomparison

You run a soil model intercomparison? Get outreach HERE! Two examples: Infiltration, Root Architecture. The ISMC soil model intercomparison panel extends will establish an overview on currently ongoing intercomparison studies. This is facilitated through an online spread sheet. You, the community, are invited to report on current model intercomparisons. These can focus on processes, scales, mechanisms, input data.... Report on your comparison study here and leave your contact for gaining visibility, get ready for collaboration.

New Co-Chair!

Teamrat Ghezzehei, UC Merced, has been elected unanimously by the Executive Board to replace Michael Young, Uni Texas at Austin, as ISMC Co-Chair. Congratulations and good luck for the upcoming three years! The replacement will be effective from 1st of July 2019, and the official hand over ceremony will take place at the ISMC pre-AGU Meeting in December.

Community paper on Infiltration

Infiltration from the pedon to global grid scales: An overview and outlook for land surface modelling. This community paper by Vereecken et al. 2019 develops the three Core ideas:
Land surface models (LSM) show a large variety in describing and upscaling infiltration; Soil structural effects on infiltration in LSM are mostly neglected; New soil databases may help to parametrize infiltration processes in LSM. Under the keywords land surface models, infiltration, soil structure, upscaling, soil databases; an overview on twelve land surface model and representation of infiltration process is given, exploring concepts, theory and numerics behind the models.

Global Symposium on Soil Erosion

In 15-17 May 2019, the soil erosion community meets at the interface of science and policy in the FAO head quarter in Rome, Italy organized by GPS, ITPS, UNCCD Science Policy Interface, IAEA, and joint FAO IAEA programme. Consider joining the meeting and register your contribution with the organizers and web-site.

Global Soil Erosion Dataset

The ESDAC provides a global assessment of soil erosion for 2012 and 2001. It is based on the Version 1.1 of the JRC/University of Basel "RUSLE-based Global Soil Erosion Modelling platform (GloSEM)". The original resolution is ca. 250m and the data package includes the soil erosion estimate in 2001, the input factors (K, LS, C, R) and ArcMap project files. The full doc­umentation of the datasets is provided in the published article and the additional material.


Deadline extended - Program Themes & Call for Scientific Sessions organized by the European Confederation of Soil Science

Land degradation

IPBES outreach to public and policy makers in movie format on Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment - English Subtitles

AGU 2019

Session, Workshop and Town Hall proposals are all now open.
Deadline for submissions: 17 April 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.
We welcome proposals from AGU's entire community and especially encourage submissions that tie to AGU's Centennial or are collaborative sessions—particularly those related to climate change.

Further links:


Meetings - Reports - Publications
3rd ISMC Conference Aug 16, 2019
AGU abstracts, Conferences and Workshops Jul 31, 2019
AGU 2019 Jul 03, 2019
ISMC Chair Jul 03, 2019
Events, DO-LINK, Soil-MIPand CROSS-CONNECT Jun 26, 2019
News on Data and Model Intercomparison, Courses, and Partners May 09, 2019
April News Apr 07, 2019
March News Mar 26, 2019
World Soils 2019 Mar 05, 2019
Reminder: Eurosoil 2020 Session Proposals Deadline Feb 28, 2019
EGU 2019 Feb 28, 2019
Annual Report 2018 Feb 22, 2019
Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020) Jan 22, 2019
Input Needed: National Academies CORES study Jan 22, 2019
Report of Findings, ISMC presentation, and EGU Jan 09, 2019
Wageningen Soil Conference 2019 (WSC2019) Dec 15, 2018
Come to the AGU ISMC Meeting 9th Dec. Dec 09, 2018
Submit to EGU 2019 - Abstracts due: 10th Jan. 13:00 CET Nov 30, 2018
9th PEDOFRACT July 2019 Conference in Barco de Avila, Spain Nov 29, 2018
Syvitski Student Modeler Competition 2019 Nov 28, 2018
Soil Works on 28 Jan. 2019 (BE) Nov 28, 2018
Announcement for ISMC co-Chair Nov 26, 2018
SoPhie - Soil Hydro-Physics Data - next workshop in Gembloux - 30 Jan 2019 Nov 19, 2018
Award winners Nov 15, 2018
Enabling FAIR Data Nov 13, 2018
ISMC at AGU 2018 and AGU's Soil SWIRL Oct 23, 2018
Call for Soil Hydraulic data! Oct 18, 2018
2019 Soil Systems Travel Award—Deadline: 31 December 2018 Oct 18, 2018
21st World Congress Soil Science 2018 - IUSS Sep 04, 2018
Conference Programme and Important Updates Aug 29, 2018
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