Knowledge of the soil helps hydrologists to make adequate assessments of ground water recharge, river flow response to rainfall, and improve assessments of impacts of land use and industry on quality of (water in) soils, rivers and groundwater. Hydrologists and environmental engineers therefore have a need for basic soil knowledge and require skills to assess and interpret soil information for hydrological and environmental (impact) assessments. It is therefore that ISRIC provides soil science lectures to students of IHE-UNESCO for Water Education in Delft, for more than 10 years now.
The lectures include subjects on soil types and their spatial variation, soil chemical and physical properties, soil degradation and conservation, and the use and interpretation of soil information. The soil lectures are given in the module “Fundamental Processes in Environmental Science” of the institute and include lectures at IHE in Delft, a lecture on soils of the world in the World Soil Museum and a field trip to Limburg.