Digital Soil Mapping Training for Indonesian Soil Scientists

21 March 2013

The Soil Security Lab in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney recently hosted a training program for nine delegates from the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research & Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture on Digital Soil Mapping (7 - 15 March 2013).

The delegates were mainly responsible for producing and delivering soil information and spent their time learning about the latest development in digital soil mapping developed here at the faculty.

A practical delivered by Dr Nathan Odgers to the Indonesian delegation
A practical delivered by Dr Nathan Odgers to the Indonesian delegation

The program was designed by A/Prof. Budiman Minasny as a response to the demand from the Indonesian counterpart on the need for new techniques that can be used to accelerate soil mapping in Indonesia. The program include lectures and computer practicals delivered by staff of this faculty: Prof. Alex. McBratney, Dr. Brendan Malone, Dr. Nathan Odgers, Sebastian Campbell and Jose Padarian.

The participants also learned about the University, and visited the Sydney South East Asia Centre. Overall, the participants are glad to learn new technologies which can help them deliver soil information more efficiently for food and fibre production, land resource management. Equally important these techniques are also going to be used to produce better soil information required for a global soil map project.

Contact: A/Prof. Budiman Minasny

Phone: +61 2 8627 1131

Email: 1b472603582e16475a265c31150437780131302d264c5f00264c442c18