Welcome to ISRIC - World Soil Information

ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent, science-based foundation. The institute was founded in 1966 following a recommendation of the International Soil Science Society (ISSS) and a resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ISRIC has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues. ISRIC is the International Council for Science (ICSU) accredited World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989 and it maintains the World Soil Museum.

In partnership, ISRIC operates in three priority areas:

  • soil data and soil mapping
  • application of soil data in global development issues
  • training and education

Current themes

ISRIC develops a range of web-based digital soil maps, for scientists, policy makers and land users

The new World Soil Museum has been officially opened on April 7th, 2014. The museum displays a selection of soil monoliths from all over the world. Multi-media facilities in the museum provide access to data on the global soil resources.

Do you need soil information of Amsterdam, Zimbabwe, Asia or the whole world? ISRIC’s library has built up a collection of around 8000 (digitized) maps and 15.000 reports and books.

Soil in focus
Soil of a termite hill in South Nyanza, Kenya

Global Issues

Combatting land degradation

Isric’s projects aim to combat land degradation and desertification.

Mitigating climate change

Land management practices can help to reduce net atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations

Biodiversity conservation

Reversing land degradation protects biodiversity.

Recent publications

  • WoSIS: providing standardised soil profile data for the world

 In: Earth System Science Data  more...

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