Soil scientist with long-term experience in developing land resources information systems in the framework of international research and capacity building projects. Niels joined ISRIC in 1990, after having worked in East Africa and the Caribbean as a Land Evaluation Expert. His special interest is in research on soil carbon stocks and change, soil data analysis for continental and global environmental assessments, soil property (area-class) maps, and digital soil mapping. He is Head of the World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils), a regular member of the International Council for Science World Data System (ICSU-WDS).
Niels is member of the Editorial Board of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment and a regular reviewer of papers submitted to various primary international Journals. He has written numerous peer-reviewed papers, chapters in books and published proceedings, and technical reports (GoogleScholar; ResearchGate).
Niels speaks English, French, Dutch and some German.