5th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping
18 April 2012
The 5th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping was held from 10-13 April 2012 at the Vet Conference Centre, the University of Sydney. The workshop was a biennial program of the Digital Soil Mapping Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences. The workshop, which was organised by members of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, was attended by more than 140 participants from 25 countries.
Prof. Robert Hill gave an opening address, stressing the importance of soil data and the need for soil to be included in Rio+20. The conference is held as a response to the urgent need for accurate, up-to-date soil information as expressed by the farmers and land users, and policy and decision makers. 100 papers were presented at the workshop, presenting the latest development in the digital soil mapping technology and the global soil mapping effort with a special focus on the use of the map product to drive policy decisions on crop and soil security.
The workshop also had a session on the progress of the GlobalSoilMap.net project, a project which will map the soil properties of the world from the surface to a depth of 2 m at a fine resolution. Progress has been made with examples of national mapping from US, Denmark, Nigeria and South Korea.
Contact: Associate Professor Budiman Minasny
Phone: 02 8627 1131